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Trouble looms as Health Ministry’s proposal to borrow N82 billion to buy mosquito nets

The Nigerian Senate has rejected a request by the Federal Ministry of Health to borrow $200 million (N82,070,388,916.76) under the malaria program in the 2022 budget to purchase mosquito nets.

Gershom Bassey, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, spoke out against the action by the Ministry at the Federal Ministry of Health’s 2022 budget defense on Tuesday, October 26.

Bassey told Mahmuda Mamman, the Permanent Secretary, that the idea to borrow $200 million (approximately N82 billion at the official exchange rate of N410 to a dollar) to purchase mosquito nets was outrageous given the amount involved.

The Committee’s condemnation was in response to the Permanent Secretary’s earlier submission of the intention to borrow the said amount for the purchase of mosquito nets.

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