Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, has said the Federal Government did not pay Madagascar for the COVID Organics delivered on Saturday.
He said this during a briefing in Abuja on Tuesday.
Reports had said Madagascar demanded a fee of €170,000 from the Federal Government for the herbal ‘remedy’.
Mustapha, also Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said the Federal Government received five cartons of the remedy from President Umaro Embalo of Guinea Bissau when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday.
“We did not ask for it; it was given by the Government of Madagascar to African countries as their contribution to wanting to find a solution to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our consignment and those of West African countries were dropped off in Guinea Bissau. And then, we were making arrangements to airlift it. And as God will have it, the President of Guinea Bissau decided to visit our President last Saturday.
“When he was coming, he came with our consignment of five cartons and those five cartons were delivered to me yesterday (Monday) in the evening sealed.
“I am going to engage the minister of health who has the responsibility of validations through his institutions that are chartered by law to do that.
“The President was upfront with that even when he took delivery from the President of Guinea Bissau. He was very clear that we will be guided by science. After the processes of validation, we will know where to go.
“In terms of whether it came with a cost, it was handed to me without an invoice, so I assume it didn’t come with any cost,” he said.