Ask EFCC, ICPC to monitor funds spent on coronavirus – SERAP tells Buhari

– 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.

We also asked him to immediately present COVID-19 budget/spending plan to the National Assembly & set up COVID-19 trust funds to effectively respond to the crisis & support those most affected by it.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation & invoke the FoI, etc, as appropriate.

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