Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has denied spending 1 billion naira on SMS to educate Nigerians on COVID-19.
There were reports making rounds that the NCDC said it had spent 1 billion naira on SMS. This got Nigerians talking and accusing NCDC of misappropriation of monies donated for the fight against coronavirus.
The centre has now released statement to debunk these reports, went ahead to acknowledge the positive role played the telecommunications providers for helping to educating Nigerians about the virus.
The statement which was posted in the centre’s twitter handle reads:
“The headline claiming that NCDC has spent N1 billion on SMS to Nigerians is FALSE
While communication through SMS is a key part of our #COVID19 response strategy, this has been largely provided as in-kind support by @AirtelNigeria @MTNNG @GloWorld…”