Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi has said the Federal Government does not need up to N400bn to procure Covid-19 vaccines, as he could negotiate for as low as N150bn.
According to Obi who made this claim on Tuesday while he appeared as a guest on Arise TV on Tuesday, the N400bn projected for the vaccine was too much for 70 percent of Nigeria’s population.
While offering his services to the federal government to help negotiate a cheaper deal of N150bn, he called for transparency in vaccine procurement.
“The World Health Organization mentioned that if you can inject 70 percent of your population, that is OK. 70% of Nigeria is about 140 million, so we are looking for 140 million doses. Considering that some other people will give us some for free, we do not need more than 120 million doses.
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“But even if we are buying 140 million, Nigeria just needs about three hundred and eighty-something million dollars which are about N150bn to buy the vaccine.
“If they have a N400bn budget to buy the vaccine, my suggestion, they don’t need to award contracts in this vaccine, let them call Serum institute in India and beg them. I am sure they will even give Nigeria a discount. If they want I can go for the negotiation. It won’t cost more than $2 each,” he added.
Controversies have continued to surround Nigeria’s purchase of the Covid-19 vaccines, as the country is set to receive the first batch of 100,000 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech approved vaccines expected in the coming days.

 

 


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