The Federal Authorities has disclosed how a lot it spent to this point in its combat in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic, out of the general public funds and donations by people and company organizations.
In its response to an enquiry by the Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Undertaking (SERAP) based mostly on the Freedom of Data (FOI), the Federal Authorities mentioned that it spent N30,540,563,571.09 in four months to combat COVID-19, out of the N36.three billion public funds and donations.
The disclosure was made by SERAP via a sequence of tweet posts on its official Twitter deal with on Sunday, September 6, 2020.
BREAKING: In response to our FoI with @Connected_dev the FG has acknowledged that it spent N30,540,563,571.09 in four months to combat COVID-19. Of the N36.3bn public funds & donations acquired, PTF on COVID-19 spent N22bn; 36 states spent N7bn; NAF spent N877m; and @PoliceNG spent N500m.
— SERAP (@SERAPNigeria) September 6, 2020
SERAP, in its reply to the letter despatched by the Accountant Normal, mentioned, “We acknowledge receipt of the letter signed in your behalf by Mrs Odanwu Chizoba which gives some data on inflows and outflows of Covid-19 funds, drawn from the Covid-19 Eradication Assist Accounts.
“We be aware that the Presidential Process Drive on Covid-19 spent N22 billion, 36 states spent N7 billion for the deployment of belongings in help of Covid-19 operations and Nigerian Police spent N500 million on private protecting gear.
“Nonetheless, we additionally be aware that the paperwork despatched to us don’t include different important particulars as indicated in our FOI request dated 10 August 2020, together with particulars and breakdown of the variety of Nigerians who immediately or not directly have benefited from the spending.”
SERAP identified that it was refreshing to notice that 115 extraordinary Nigerians donated between N1 and N100 to help the authorities’ efforts in its combat in opposition to Covid-19, even if it was the nation’s poorest and most deprived sectors of the inhabitants that continued to bear the brunt of COVID-19.
It famous that this was an enormous lesson for Nigerian politicians concerning the thought of public service to at least one’s nation. It additionally despatched a robust message about the necessity to see public workplace as a possibility to serve and provides one thing again to the nation and never a spot to mismanage, steal or divert public funds.
SERAP, nevertheless, mentioned it will be grateful if the requested particulars and extra data had been offered to them inside 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of the letter.
It mentioned that if no response was gotten from the Federal Authorities throughout the acknowledged time-frame, acceptable authorized actions could be taken to compel compliance with its request.