BY LEVI JOHNSON
Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning has regretted soliciting for help from Mr Elon Musk, a United States’ billionaire, in order to provide treatment for COVID-19 patients in Nigeria.
Federal Government demand for assistance from Musk began when he tweeted on Thursday that his firm had extra ventilators that had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in America. Elon Musk is the founder and Chief Engineer, SpaceX.
Musk tweet reads: “We have extra FDA-approved ventilators. We will ship to hospitals worldwide within Tesla delivery regions. The only requirement is that the vents are needed immediately for patients and not stored in a warehouse.”
The aforementioned tweet prompted the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning shew willingness to receive the kind gesture, opening upon the need of 100 to 500.
Therefore the Ministry tweeted: “Dear @Elonmusk @Tesla Federal Government of Nigeria needs support with 100 to 500 ventilators to assist with COVID-19 cases rising every day in Nigeria.”
Following an immediate backlash from the public, however, Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, the Special Adviser to the Minister on Media and Communications, issued a disclaimer that the unauthorised post made with the ministry’s verified Twitter handle is regrettable and therefore brought down.
He wrote: “An unauthorised post was made on the verified Twitter handle of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
“The fact of the post is regrettable because of which it is brought down. We have made sure our internal processes are strengthened that such doesn’t happen again.
“The error is highly regrettable.”