- Days after SERAP demanded details of COVID-19 relief donation spending, the ICPC has set up a team to monitor the funds
- The anti-graft agency said the move was in line with its duties as outlined by the law setting it up
- ICPC spokesperson Okoduwa said the team that will monitor the funds is an independent one that will work in its own wisdom
The federal government has taken concrete steps to ensure that relief funds donated to the fight against coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria are not misused by setting up a team monitor the money.
This was revealed by anti-graft body, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), in a statement sent to Legit.ng.
According to the ICPC, the monitoring team, an independent one, was set up by the anti-graft agency.
The ICPC said the move is in line with the law that sets up the anti-corruption body which was created during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to tackle rising cases of corruption at the time.
ICPC says the team will monitor all the donations and how they are spent.
Legit.ng notes that following criticism from some sections of Nigerians, the presidential task force on COVID-19 says it has agreed to publish full details of funds remitted and disbursed from the nation’s relief account.
This was disclosed by the chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, in Abuja.
He said that the task force has made an agreed arrangement with the accountant general of the Federation to publish the details.
Earlier, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) demanded that the federal government of Nigeria should provide details of how the donations made towards the fight against the coronavirus pandemic was being spent.
SERAP announced on its official Twitter handle on Sunday, April 5 that it had submitted two Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to the Nigerian government demanding to know how the funds donated by well-meaning Nigerians, international bodies, religious groups and countries to kick COVID-19 out of Nigeria is being used.
Meanwhile, as Nigeria battles to contain the spread of Covid-19, Legit.ng has listed some top 11 Nigerians who have donated funds to help the government in the bid to avoid further spread of coronavirus in the country.
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