Nigerian President Muhammdu Buhari has approved the immediate release of a 10 billion Naira grant to Lagos State.
Buhari said the grant will enable the state to increase its capacity to control and contain the outbreak, while also supporting other States with capacity-building.
He said: “The impact of COVID-19 is well known to all of us in terms of health and the economy.
“Here, we will be talking of revenues that we estimated to fund the budget 2020.
“Because the oil price has gone so low due to the impact of COVID-19, the Minister of State should be able to tell us where we will be in the next six months or so.
“We should have concepts that can deliver fast and are sustainable.
“Anything that we do that cannot provide succour and relief to our people will lead to catastrophe.”
Nigeria, as at 9:20 pm on Thursday has 65 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 44 of which were recorded in Lagos.
“Lagos State…remains the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in Nigeria,” Buhari said on Thursday evening.