The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has confirmed that the governors of the 36 states earned N1 billion each from the government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari to quench the impact of the pandemic of the coronavirus.
It was also said that the Governors had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Bank to obtain, for the same reason, a total of N1.1 billion.
This announcement was made by Governor Bello on Tuesday, while on the Sunrise Daily TV channel.
According to him, since then, all state governors have received N1 billion from the federal government, but he said that he was the only state governor who had declined to sign an MoU with the World Bank.
When asking why, despite not believing in the virus, he got the COVID-19 fund from the Federal Government, Bello said: “While we did not have COVID-19 in Kogi State, we were similarly affected; because our economy was affected, the Federal Government released the fund to benefit all states and we can not deny it.”
He said that since it was a one-sided deal or text, he declined to sign the World Bank MoU.
“Go and check records. Kogi State is the only state that refused to sign that document for N1.1bilion because I don’t believe in COVID-19. N500million has been disbursed, Kogi State did not receive, I refused to receive and I rejected it,” he said.