Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday, disclosed that states government received N1billion from the Federal Government to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He further stated that Governors from the 36 states also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Bank to receive a sum of N1.1billion for the same purpose.
The Kogi State Governor stated this while speaking a TV program monitored by Naija News.
Bello, however, stated that he was the only state Governor who refused to collect the 1.1bn from the World Bank.
The Kogi State Governor when ask why he collected N1bn from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led 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 added that he did not 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. N500million has been disbursed, Kogi State did not receive and I refused to receive and I rejected it,” he said
He also denied that his administration kept the CA-COVID relief packages in Lokoja, the state capital.