The Federal Government has approved about N6.45 billion for the construction of new oxygen plants in 38 locations nationwide to enhance the supply to COVID-19 patients in need in the country.

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed confirmed the release of the money during the first meeting of the year of the National Economic Council in Abuja on Thursday.

The meeting attended by State Governors, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and other senior government officials was presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Mrs Ahmed said President Muhammadu Buhari approved the release of the funds for the production of oxygen plants as a result of the increased number of patients in need of oxygen due to the surge in COVID-19 infections in the country.

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