SERAP wants coronavirus funds monitored

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Muhammadu to instruct the anti-graft agencies, EFCC and ICPC, to track and monitor spending by federal agencies and state governments on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

SERAP, in a letter to President Buhari posted on its Twitter handle on Sunday, said the monitoring will check mismanagement in the healthcare system “that is already weakened by systemic corruption.”

It said the EFCC and ICPC should ensure the prosecution of anyone found to have stolen public funds meant for addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

SERAP also urged President Buhari to encourage state governors to use parts of their security votes to provide additional resources towards strengthening the health systems within their states.”

The 36 state governors, under the platform of the Nigeria Governors Forum on Wednesday, had asked the minister for health, Osagie Ehanire, to give them an estimate to set up functional test and isolation centres in every state in the country.

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