Kogi left out as NPHCDA delivers COVID-19 vaccine to 35 states, FCT

The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, on Thursday told members of the National Economic Council that the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine has been delivered to 35 out of the 36 states of the federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory.
He identified Kogi as the only state left out in the arrangement so far.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, in a statement said the NPHCDA gave the update while briefing a virtual meeting of NEC presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
He quoted Shuaib as saying that Kogi has not received the vaccine due to the issue of cold-chain store and the disposition of the state government.
To ensure accountability in the distribution of the vaccine, Shuaib was also quoted as informing the council that “the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission had been co-opted to support the PTF on vaccine accountability to ensure the safekeeping of the vaccine
Shuaib also assured the council members that the second tranche of the vaccine would be received in the country before the second dose of the vaccine intake is concluded.
Akande added that the council also received an update from the ad hoc committee interfacing with the PTF to ease the lockdown of the economy by the Chairman of the Committee, Ifeanyi Okowa; and the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu.
On the implementation of broadband access in the country, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, was said to have sought the support of NEC in the formulation and implementation of policies that will ease broadband penetration in Nigeria.
Highlighting some of the benefits derivable in increasing broadband access in the country, the minister noted that “the World Economic Forum predicts that over 60% of global GDP will be digitised by 2022 and that within the next decade, digital platforms will be used to create close to 70% of new value.”
Pantami added that “the Information and Communications Technology sector recorded the highest growth rate of all the sectors of the Nigerian economy in both the fourth quarter of 2020 (Q4 2020) and the entire year 2020. This was based on the Q4 2020 Report on Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product released by the National Bureau of Statistics released.”
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zaynab Ahmed, reported to the council balances in accounts as of March 16 as -Excess Crude Account -$72,412,384.88; Stabilisation Account -N24, 994, 821,242.14; and Natural Resources Development Fund Account – N90, 744,488,087.88.

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