Nigeria’s Federal Government on Monday said it is “extremely proud” of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly on economic sustenance.
The government at the start of the pandemic set up economic teams which proposed various mitigating plans for the sustainability of the Nigerian economy, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha said at the daily COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.
In his words, “The funds that have been set aside for that purpose is N3.6trn and the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment has a substantial chunk of that money to help grow businesses, to help investors.
In addition to that the Central Bank has made different provisions through different lending processes. The first N100bn for the hospitals and major pharmaceutical companies, the second N50bn for businesses that have been adversely impacted.”
Mr. Mustapha was responding to questions on the innovation of a decontamination machine built by a group of young engineers in Jos, Plateau State.
The machine allows only people with facemasks into designated establishments.
The “Automated Disease Control System” has a facial recognition feature that reads and vocally instructs an incoming person to wear facemasks before accessing the door.
Once a facemask is detected, the system’s automated entry door slides open but remains shut when facemask is not detected.
Built by Mr. Williams Gyang and his friends Mr. Adebolajo Sunday and Mr. Nura Jibrin, the system is embedded with fully automated dusk-to-dawn lighting system, 24hour wireless closed-circuit TV recorders, automatic temperature test and body disinfecting system among other vital components.
Gyang and Nura in April 2020 performed the first successful local repair of broken ventilators but have remained without government support.