COVID-19 fund: SERAP asks Buhari to instruct EFCC, ICPC to track, monitor spending


SERAP asks court to order Buhari, Osinbajo, 36 governors to publish their assets

..Calls for setting up of COVID-19 trust fund

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently instruct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to jointly track and monitor spending by federal agencies and state governors to combat Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

SERAP said this “would remove the risks of corruption and mismanagement in our healthcare systems that are already weakened by systemic corruption.”

In the letter dated 20 March 2020 and signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “Coronavirus crisis requires quick responses but it also requires corruption safeguards to ensure public funds are well spent, and promote access to basic public health and other services to those most in need.”

SERAP said: “By prioritising transparency and accountability…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper