By Celestine Ajayi
In a bid to enhance the treatment of COVID-19 patients who need oxygen, the sum of N6.45 billion has been approved by the federal government for the establishment of gas plants in 38 locations nationwide.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed made known on Thursday at the first National Economic Council (NEC) meeting in 2021 presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
This development was confirmed by the Media Assistant to the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande in a statement and Tweet last night.
He disclosed that the Finance Minister while briefing the NEC on the release of the funds, stated that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the release of the funds for the production of oxygen, necessitated by the increased number of patients who need oxygen due to the surge in Covid-19 infections in the country.
“Good news: FG has released N6.4b to get 38 gas plants across the country and another N255m to repair such plants in 5 tertiary hospitals,” the statement and tweet said.
The event had state governors, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, and other top government officials in attendance.