The Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has applied to the Federal Government for an amount of N1bn to secure his state against COVID-19 spread.
Anambra State currently has no record of Coronavirus in the state. The governor stated that a special account for COVID-19 donations had been opened as regards preventing the virus from spreading into the state.
The governor in a statement read by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, said the steps were in line with state’s resolve to ensure that it remained free of the disease.
He further explained that the state had 63 major markets including the largest market in West Africa which made the people vulnerable to contagion.
The statement read, “Governor Obiano, therefore, considers it imperative that the Federal Government provides at least N1bn to Anambra, which is at risk in view of the multitude of people in its numerous markets and the peripatetic nature of the people who have been helping in the rapid development of all parts of Nigeria.
“Besides, we have as many as 63 major markets in the state, including the Onitsha main market, which is the largest market in West Africa.
“The markets are always full of millions of people from different countries in West and Central Africa, thereby making our people vulnerable to the contagion.
“The Anambra State Government would like to use this opportunity to announce the creation of a special account to assist ndi Anambra grapple with the grave challenges of the Coronavirus.
“Known as the Anambra State COVID- 19 account, it is in response to various inquiries from people of Anambra State origin in different parts of Nigeria and beyond who have been seeking ways to assist their people since the viral disease outbreak.”
As at 09:30 pm 29th March there were 111 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria with 1 death.