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SERAP Urges FG, NCDC To Give Details Of Funds Received, Politicians In Self - Isolation




 From Jane Okafor, Abuja

Civil rights organisation, Socio-Economic  Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), on Sunday asked the Ministry of Health(FMH) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) to disclose details of exact funds and resources they have received from Federal Government, state governments and private sector to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

SERAP also asked the Ministry of Health and NCDC  to disclose details of use and planned use of any such funds and resources to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country as well as disclose information on the exact number of tests that have been carried out so far for the nation's high-ranking public officials and politicians.

 In a release by Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP Deputy Director, and made available to The Daily Crucible, also urged the agencies to tell Nigerians the number of politicians now in self-isolation or quarantine, as well as the exact number of tests that have been carried out for the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

The SERAP's demands were anchored on two Freedom of Information requests sent to Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health and Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) where it  also asked to know efforts being made to make Federal Government provide water to Nigerians for hygiene since regular hand washing is part of safety tips against COVID - 19.

SERAP asked the Federal Government to “publish weekly details of exact funds and other resources allocated by the authorities and received from the private sector, as well as details of use and planned use of any such funds and resources to combat the spread of coronavirus (or COVID-19) in Nigeria.

"Disclose information on the exact number of tests that have been carried out for high-ranking public officials and politicians, the number of any such high-ranking public officials and politicians now in self-isolation or quarantine, as well as the exact number of tests that have been carried out for the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

 “We are concerned about the lack of transparency in the use of the funds and resources being mobilised to combat coronavirus, amid problems accessing the NCDC’s website, and reports that authorities are prioritising home testing of politicians, with some reportedly taking multiple tests.”


SERAP Also asked FG, FMH and NCDC to:
1.    urgently disclose details of exact funds and resources from federal government, state governments and the private sector, as well as details of use and planned use of any such funds and resources to combat the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria

2.    disclose information on the exact number of tests that have been carried out for high-ranking public officials and politicians, the number of any such high-ranking public officials and politicians now in self-isolation or quarantine, as well as the exact number of tests that have been carried out for the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people

 

3.    make Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC)’s website functional and accessible and publish on your website and widely weekly spending on initiatives such procurement, testing, early detection and isolation of confirmed cases, follow-up

 

4.    Disclose processes and procedures put in place to ensure that the funds and resources allocated to combat COVID-19 are not diverted, stolen or mismanaged

 

5.    Disclose measures to protect health workers and to encourage the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people to come forward for testing and to escalate testing for this group

 


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