l the spread The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) asked the FG to publish weekly details of its exact funds and other resources allocated by the authorities, to combat the COVID-19. They want the Federal Government to publish details of the money received from the private sector, as well as details of use and planned use of any such funds and resources.
The civil rights body is asking the Federal Government to disclose information on the exact number of public office holders and politicians who have tested positive and those in self-isolation or quarantine. This demand was contained in two letters for freedom of information requests which was sent to the Minister of Health and Director of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the request which was signed by the deputy director of SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare, was dated on the twenty-seventh day of March, two thousand and twenty.
Transparency and openness in the use of funds and operation of the health ministry and NCDC would help to; reduce the risk of corruption and opportunism, build trust and engage Nigerians in the fight against COVID-19. SERAP stated that they are concerned that millions of Nigerians lack access to an improved water source and proper sanitation, thereby, making them vulnerable to COVID-19 and other illnesses. According to SERAP, “any failure or refusal to provide the requested information will be clearly inconsistent with the FOB Act”.
According to our information, the Nigerian government has approved a ten billion naira grant (about twenty-seven million dollars) to fight the spread of the corona virus in the country. The government has also been reported to have released five billion naira (about thirteen million dollars) special intervention fund, to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). Also, banks, wealthy members of the private sector and foundations, have also donated billions of naira to help fund medical centers and provide essential materials necessary to curtaiof corona virus in the country.