- SERAP has asked President Buhari to direct the EFCC and the ICPC to monitor the federal and state spendings on the novel coronavirus in Nigeria
- The organisation also asked the president to present COVID-19 budget to the National Assembly for approval and set up COVID-19 trust funds to deal with the health crisis
- Nigeria at the time of this report has 30 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 2 patients discharged
The Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take measures to ensure that funds allocated for coronavirus management are properly spent.
SERAP in a brief statement posted on its official Twitter handle on Sunday, March 22, urged Buhari to urgently instruct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission to take actions to avoid diversion of public funds.
The non-governmental organisation advised the president to direct the anti-graft agencies to jointly monitor and track the spendings on coronavirus by the federal agencies and state governments to "remove the risks of corruption in our healthcare systems".
SERAP also asked President Buhari to present COVID-19 budget and spending plan to the National Assembly for approval and set up COVID-19 trust funds to deal with the pandemic and support those who have been infected.
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Meanwhile, as the number of the confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria surged, the federal government has shut Nigeria's international airports in Lagos and Abuja.
The Nigerian government barred international flights from coming into Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja, effective from Monday, March 23.
The ban is expected to be in place until April 23, according to a statement by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.
In another related report, the police in Lagos have commenced a massive crackdown on social, religious and other gatherings above 50 people in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state and Nigeria at large.
The Lagos police spokesman, Bala Elkana, in a statement, made available to Legit.ng, said the police operatives will be enforcing the ban on social gatherings, clubs, parties, ceremonies and religious gatherings of more than 50 persons in the state.
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