The Director-General of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekwazu, who stated this while speaking at the investigative hearing organised by the committee yesterday, decried the refusal of Nigerians to show up for testing and sought the assistance of members of the House to educate Nigerians on the need to submit themselves for testing.
It is unfortunate that state governments are not cooperating with us on the issue of testing. Many Nigerians are also not coming forward to be tested. We are pleading with lawmakers to help the PTF talk to people in the grassroots to come forward for testing.
Noting that nobody knew how long the pandemic would last, the pandemic is currently at community transmission level.
Nigeria had so far carried out about 100,000 test, even though it has the capacity to carry out over 200,000 test per day at the moment.
The refusal of Nigerians to make themselves available for testing was partly responsible for the low number of testing.
Some state governments were not cooperating with the agency in the testing process, it would be difficult to ascertain the level of infection in the country to allow for proper planning, if people were not tested.
It is was unlikely that Nigeria has got to the peak of the pandemic, saying it might be safer to say Nigeria was at the beginning of a major pandemic.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Federal Government has made available to the agency N5.620 billion to fight the pandemic, out of which about N1.126 billion had been expended.
Reports making the rounds that NCDC spent over N1 billion on SMS were false, noting that the agency has not spent a single kobo on messages.
The SMS being dished out are free from telecom providers.