Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has disclosed that the 36 states governors received N1billion each from the Buhari-led administration to quench the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Governors were also said to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Bank to receive a sum of N1.1billion for the same purpose.
Governor Bello made this revelation yesterday, during a television programme. According to him, all the state governors have since received the N1billion from the Federal Government, he, however, said he was the only state governor who refused to sign an MoU with the World Bank.
When asked why he received the COVID-19 fund from the Federal Government despite not believing in the virus, Bello said: “Even though we did not have COVID-19 in Kogi State, we were equally affected; because our economy was affected; Federal Government released that fund to assist every states and we cannot reject it.
The governor further said that he refused to sign the World Bank MoU because it was a one-sided agreement or document and debunked allegations that his government hoarded the CA-COVID relief packages in Lokoja or anywhere in the state as being rumoured.
The allegations, he said, were to discredit state governors and the Federal Government.
He mentioned that his government distributed palliatives to 20 out of 21 local governments in Kogi State, stressing that the palliative distribution for Lokoja local government was on until imported hoodlums tried to interfere.