In the 2022 budget, the Nigerian Senate has rejected a proposal by the Federal Ministry of Health to borrow $200 million (N82,070,388,916.76) under the malaria program to purchase mosquito nets.

Gershom Bassey, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, spoke out against the decision at the Federal Ministry of Health’s 2022 budget defense on Tuesday, October 26.

Bassey told Mahmuda Mamman, the Permanent Secretary, that the proposal to borrow $200 million (about N82 billion at the official exchange rate of N410 to a dollar) to buy mosquito nets was ridiculous given the sum involved.

The Committee’s censure came in reaction to the Permanent Secretary’s earlier announcement that he planned to borrow the money to buy mosquito nets.

Meanwhile, Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, said the $200 million was for mosquito net importation and local production.