The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 says it will not be distracted by allegations that its members are collecting N500, 000 daily sitting allowance.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, said this in an interview with the Nigeria Television Authority.
Mohammed noted that the purveyors of evil were bent at distracting the government and discrediting those championing the course.
“The allegation that each member of the task force is getting half a million every day as sitting allowances has led to many of us receiving accounts from many people.
“Those who believe that if you are getting such a huge amount of money daily, you must share it with them, but we will not be distracted,” he said.
Mohammed said the government is deploying many strategies to contain fake news among which are, campaigns to media houses, cooperation with Facebook and Google.
“On Facebook for instance, anytime we flag any particular item or story it will be stamped “FAKE” and be removed from the platform and this has gone a long way in checkmating this pandemic.
“We have made reports to various security organisations on this and a lot of things are being done to track them. What is needed is to be educating Nigerians to shun these purveyors and know that there are only two sources for credible information on COVID-19.
“It is either from the daily media conference by the task force and the media appearances of members of the task force or the website of the National Centre for Disease Control which updates its information on this pandemic every minute,” Mohammed added.
The government has assured that poor and vulnerable Nigerians will get relief cash to cushion the lockdown.