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COVID-19: Buhari approves withdrawal of $150 million for three tiers of government

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Nigeria’s Minister of Finance,  Budget and National Planning,  Mrs Zainab Ahmed disclosed on Monday that President Muhamadu Buhari has approved the withdrawal of $150m from the Sovereign Wealth Fund for distribution to the three tiers of government.

The Minister stated this during a media briefing on the fiscal policy measures to tackle the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the economy.

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She said the amount would be withdrawn from the stabilisation fund component of the Sovereign Wealth Fund.

The fund is currently being managed by the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. 

Zainab said the need to withdraw the amount was to cushion the negative impact of the drop in revenue on the federation account.

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