Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello says 36 States Governors iin Nigeria including himself received the sum of N1 billion each from President Muhammadu Buhari -led Federal Government to ease the economic hardship caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State who made this revelation on Tuesday on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, the Governors, also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Bank to receive a sum of N1.1billion for the same purpose.
Governor Bello, admitted that he he received the COVID-19 fund from the Federal Government despite not believing in the existence of the virus, but turned down the N1.1 billion loan from the World Bank to Kogi State.
According to Gov Bello, all the State governors have since received the N1billion from the Federal Government.
He said, “even though we did not have COVID-19 in Kogi State, we are equally affected; because our economy was equally affected and Federal Government released that fund to assist every State and we cannot reject it.
He explained that he refused to sign the World Bank MoU because it was a one-sided agreement or document.
“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. N500 million has been disbursed, Kogi State did not receive and I refused to receive and I rejected it,” he said
He also debunked allegations that his government hoarded the Coalition against Covid-19 (CA-COVID) relief materials in the State.