Kwara Gov. Reveals He Went into Self-Isolation, as State Launches Cash Transfer to Poor Households

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Kwara State governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Monday said he went into self-isolation after returning from the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja on March 19, 2020.

The governor assured that he has been declared free of COVID-19 after the 1-day self-isolation.

He also said he has launched the federal government’s conditional cash transfer to 25, 000 households in the state, with each household getting N20, 000 each.

According to him, Kwara state had long started preparing for any eventuality of COVID-19, adding that “Until now, I have remained in self-isolation, shortly after returning from the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja on March 19.

‘’This is in keeping faith with the COVID-19 protocol that requires anyone with probable exposure to the virus, especially after travel to frontline areas, to either self-isolate for 14 days incubation period or get tested to know their status. AlihamduliLlah, I am fine as I have always been.”

On the disbursement of the money transfer initiated by the federal government, the governor said:  ‘’Today, I flagged off the disbursement of conditional cash transfer initiative of the Federal Government to 25,000 households in Kwara. Each benefiting household is to get N20, 000 cumulatively for the months of January, February, March and April.”

When asked to comment on the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) incident of suspected COVID-19 case, the governor said the controversies arose because of lack of full disclosures by the affected parties, something he observed was a breach of protocol.

He said government was waiting for the outcome of the internal investigation of the incident by UITH before taking further steps. ‘’Our own committee has immediately swung into action, which included contact tracing and isolation of all persons believed to have had contact with the deceased.”

The Head of Unit of the National Cash Transfer Office, Hajia Amina Bagudu, said payment to the beneficiaries gulped a total of N550 ,405, 000, including “some arrears and top up.”

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