SERAP Urges Governors, Wike, to account for N40 trillion LGA funds within 7 days.

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the 36 state governors in the country and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Mr Nyesom Wike to “Make available details of federal allocations meant for local governments in your state and the FCT and the actual disbursement of the allocations to the local governments since the return of democracy in 1999.”

SERAP also urged them “to promptly invite Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the actual disbursement and spending of federal allocations meant for local governments in their state and the FCT since May 1999.”

This request is contained in the freedom of information (FOI) as dated January 27, 2024 and signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director Kolawole Oluwadare.

Kolawole noted that Nigerians have the right to know the details of actual disbursement and spending of federal allocations in their state and the FCT.

In a Speech by former president Muhammadu Buhari on December 2022, he stated that, “If the money from the Federation Account to the State is about N100m, N50m will be sent to the chairman but he will sign that he received N100 million. The chairman will pocket the balance and share it with whoever he wants to share it with.’’ Therefore SERAP request is for States and the FCT to be guided by accountability and transparency.

SERAP said, “States and the FCT should be guided by transparency and accountability principles and proactively publish information pertaining to their actual disbursement and spending of federal allocations meant for local governments.
“Opacity in the amounts of federal allocations actually disbursed to local governments in your state has continued to have negative impacts on the fundamental interests of the citizens and the public interest.” The SERAP request partly reads.