- SERAP has called for the breakdown of how PTF spent N22 billion disbursed to it to fight coronavirus
- The group said it is necessary that Nigerians are furnished with these details
- According to SERAP, public officers are mere custodians of public funds
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For transparency sake, Connected Development (CODE) and the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) have asked the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to provide details of how it spent N22b disbursed to it by the Office of the Accountant-General to combat the pandemic in Nigeria.
The Civil Society Organisations made this demand after the Accountant-General of the Federation Ahmed Idris, revealed that it disbursed N22 billion to the PTF and; N7 billion to the 36 states to support their COVID-19 initiatives in 4 months.
According to the chief executive of CODE, Hamzat Lawal, it is necessary for Nigerians to know how the money was spent.
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“It is commendable that the PTF on COVID gives a daily brief of how it is tackling the pandemic. It should, however, use the platform to brief Nigerians on how it spent N22 Billion allocated to it by the AGF and any other donations it may have received to fight COVID19."
Also, in his reaction, the deputy director of SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare, said that to promote transparency, details of how the money was spent should be made public.
“Public officers are mere custodians of public funds. There is a general public interest in promoting transparency, accountability, public understanding and involvement in the democratic process. The citizenry is entitled to know how the common wealth is being utilized, managed and administered in a democratic setting, as this positively influences the feeling of belonging in the society. This right to know will no doubt help in promoting a transparent democracy, good governance and public accountability.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that SERAP reacted to the decision of the United States of America to impose a visa ban on individuals for allegedly rigging elections in Nigeria.
SERAP urged the international community to extend its visa ban beyond suspected election riggers.
The organisation in a tweet on Wednesday, September 16, said the US, UK, and the European Union (EU) should also impose a visa ban on public officials and politicians contributing to human rights violations and the attack on the rule of law.
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