- SERAP wants the federal government to publish names of contractors in the power sector who were paid for projects but failed to deliver
- The call was made after former vice president Atiku Abubakar made the claim that some contractors failed to deliver awarded projects after they were paid
- According to the anti-corruption group, by publishing the names of the contractors, Nigerians will be able to hold them to account for allegedly absconding with public funds
The federal government has been urged by Socio-Economic Rights Accountability Project (SERAP) to publish the names of contractors in the power sector who allegedly received money but failed to execute awarded projects.
SERAP, an anti-corruption group, made the call following claim by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, that some contractors received money and did not execute any project, Punch reports.
Legit.ng notes that the former vice president said: “The money went down the drain. Up till now, we are not holding the contractors responsible. People have collected money upfront, 100 per cent, and have disappeared; and they have not even done any work.”
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SERAP, in a statement on Sunday by its senior legal adviser, Bamisope Adeyanju, demanded that the minister of power, housing and works, Babatunde Fashola, should “provide information on specific names and details of contractors and companies that allegedly collected money for electricity projects but failed to execute any projects, starting from the return of democracy in 1999 to 2018.”
The statement continued: “By publishing the names of the contractors and their registration details, if any, Nigerians will be able to hold them to account for allegedly absconding with public funds meant for electricity projects, thereby throwing the country into perpetual darkness and socioeconomic stagnation, as well as denying people their human rights."
According to SERAP, publishing the names will make it hard for contractors and companies to get away with complicity in grand corruption.
The statement added: “If the requested information is not provided within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter, SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a lawsuit seeking to have the court compel President Muhammadu Buhari to launch an investigation into allegations of bribery against Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje was filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).
SERAP confirmed the legal move in a statement that was released and signed on Sunday, December 9, by its senior legal adviser Bamisope Adeyanju.
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