Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has requested the sum of N1bn from the federal government to secure his state against COVID-19 spread.
It should be noted that Anambra state has not recorded any Covid-19 case. The total number of Coronavirus cases in Nigeria hit 111 on Sunday evening.
According to the governor, Anambra had opened a special account for donations towards preventing coronavirus from spreading into the state, which currently has no record of COVID-19.
Obiano disclosed this in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba.
He urged the Federal Government to avail the state N1bn to help it to sustain the zero record because of the strategic nature of Anambra State people in commerce and industry.
“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 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, ” the statement partly read.