SERAP Sues Health Ministry, NCDC Over ‘failure To Account For COVID-19 Money’

SERAP Sues Health Ministry, NCDC Over ‘failure To Account For COVID-19 Money’

SERAP Sues Health Ministry, NCDC Over ‘failure To

Account For COVID-19 Money’

Financial Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has documented a claim against Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health and Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), over “their inability to represent the open assets and different assets so far spent and used to battle the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.”

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/616/2020 recorded a week ago at the Federal High Court, Abuja, SERAP is looking for: “a request for leave to apply for legal survey and a request for mandamus to coordinate and force the Minister of Health and the NCDC to distribute subtleties of the assets and assets from bureaucratic and state governments, and the private segment, just as subtleties of how the assets and assets have so far been spent and used to battle COVID-19.”

SERAP is likewise looking for: “a request for mandamus to guide and propel the Federal Government to uncover data on the specific number of tests that have been done for high-positioning open authorities and lawmakers, the quantity of any such high-positioning open authorities and legislators now in self-disengagement or isolate, just as the specific number of tests that have been done for the nation’s least fortunate and most helpless individuals.”

SERAP is contending that: “Straightforwardness in the utilization of COVID-19 cash would assist with diminishing the danger of debasement or advantage, assemble trust and draw in Nigerians in the battle against coronavirus just as sheltered lives. Straightforwardness and responsibility are critical to executing a successful reaction to COVID-19 and easing back the spread of the infection in the nation.”

As indicated by SERAP: “Nigerians reserve the privilege to know the subtleties of going through of COVID-19 cash, as this is basic to the battle against defilement, and will encourage the advancement of just organizations and the standard of law in Nigeria.”

The suit followed SERAP’s Freedom of Information (FoI) demands dated 27 March 2020 to the Minister of Health and the NCDC, communicating “worry that absence of straightforwardness in the utilization of the assets and assets to battle COVID-19 would prompt preoccupation or botch of assets and assets, superfluously cost lives, and result in genuine harm to general wellbeing in the nation.”

As indicated by SERAP: “A huge number of Nigerians keep on lacking access to an improved water source and to appropriate sanitation, in this way making them helpless against COVID-19 and different diseases. However, the Ministry of Health and the NCDC have fizzled or potentially would not uncover whether there is any community oriented work with the Ministry of Water Resources to furnish defenseless Nigerians with safe water, sanitation, and clean conditions.”

The suit documented for SERAP by its legal counselors Kolawole Oluwadare, Atinuke Adejuyigbe, and Opeyemi Owolabi, read to some extent: “The data SERAP is trying to get to is allowed under the Freedom of Information Act 2011 and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.”

“The Federal Government has a lawful obligation to guarantee that data on the going through of COVID-19 cash and assets is discharged to SERAP and broadly distributed. It isn’t a lot to request subtleties of measures to secure wellbeing laborers and methods set up to guarantee that COVID-19 cash isn’t redirected, bungled or taken.”

“The Federal Government has no lawfully legitimate purpose behind declining to give SERAP the data mentioned, and along these lines, this court should give SERAP the request guiding and convincing the Federal Government to distribute subtleties of going through of COVID-19 cash.”

“There are reports of absence of straightforwardness in the utilization of the assets and assets being activated to battle coronavirus, and that specialists are organizing home testing of government officials, with some supposedly stepping through various examinations. Government officials taking part in various tests for coronavirus have thusly eased back the quantity of tests for the nation’s least fortunate and most helpless individuals.”

“The suit is in the open enthusiasm, as it irritates on issues of national intrigue, open government assistance and intrigue, social equity, great administration, straightforwardness and responsibility. Acquiescence to the standard of law especially by the individuals who openly made vow of office to secure and protect the constitution is an objective to great administration and regard for the standard of law.”

“Nigerians are qualified for know how the federation is being used, overseen and managed in a popularity based setting, as this decidedly impacts the sentiment of having a place in the general public. This option to realize will no uncertainty help in advancing a straightforward vote based system, great administration and open responsibility.”

SERAP is looking for the accompanying reliefs:

AN ORDER giving leave to the Applicant to apply for legal audit and look for a request for mandamus guiding and convincing the Respondents to give and reveal the accompanying data to the Applicant:

A. Subtleties of precise assets and different assets assigned by the Nigerian specialists and private division gifts to the Respondents to improve Nigeria’s wellbeing offices to battle the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria;

B. Subtleties of spending and arranged spending of any such assets, different assets and gifts to battle the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria;

C. Subtleties of endeavors made constantly Respondent to make NCDC’s site useful and available and to distribute week after week spending on activities by the NCDC, remembering for NCDC’s site;

D. Subtleties of procedures and techniques set up to guarantee that the assets, different assets and gifts designated to battle COVID-19 are not occupied, fumbled or taken;

E. Subtleties of measures to secure wellbeing laborers and to energize the nation’s least fortunate and most powerless individuals to approach for testing and to raise testing for this gathering;

F. The specific number of tests that have been completed for high-positioning open authorities and government officials, the quantity of any such high-positioning open authorities and lawmakers now in self-segregation or isolate, just as the specific number of tests that have been done for the nation’s least fortunate and most defenseless individuals

What’s more, for such further order(s) this Honorable Court may consider fit to make in the conditions.

No date has been fixed for the knowing about the suit.

Source:- Serap