Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has issued a one-week deadline to the 36 state governors, urging them to disclose how they utilized the N2 billion palliative funds received from the Federal Government.
In August, the Federal Government had allocated a N5 billion palliative package to each state and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to alleviate the impact of fuel subsidy removal.
Last Friday, Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, revealed that the Federal Government had disbursed only N2 billion of the promised palliative funds to each state.
However, in a statement released on Sunday, SERAP called upon the Nigerian governors to provide transparency by revealing the specifics of their expenditure concerning the palliative funds received from Abuja.
The group’s deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, urged the respective states to “disclose details on spending of the N2 billion palliative recently disbursed to each state by the Federal Government, including the names of beneficiaries and details of the reliefs so far provided with the money.”
“It is in the public interest to publish the details on spending of the N2 billion palliative and any subsequent disbursement of funds to your government,” the statement read.
“Nigerians have the right to know how their states are spending the fuel subsidy relief funds. It is part of their legally enforceable human rights.
“We would be grateful if the recommended measures are taken within seven days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel you and your state to comply with our request in the public interest.”
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