A Nigerian based non-governmental organization, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has accused federal authorities, National Assembly and State Governors of ignoring the welfare of the sick and jobless who cannot provided for themselves due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
This accusation was contained in a tweet on the official twitter handle of the group.
SERAP considered the actions of these authorities as constituting “violations of Nigerians Constitutional Rights”.
According to the tweet, “Nigerian authorities, the National Assembly and state governors are failing to set aside funds to provide for and take care of those who are sich and have lost their incomes/can’t provide for themselves as a result of COVID-19”.
“This violates Nigerians’ constitional rights.
SERAP further warned that if President Buhari, the National Assembly and State Governments failed to redress this obvious oversight, appropriate legal actions would be taken against them by the organization
“ If President Buhari, leadership of Natioanal Assembly and state governors won’t act immediately, we’ll consider appropriate legal action(s) to compel them to act to protect Nigerians’ human rights and human dignity”.
SERAP had earlier in the month asked president Buhari to mandate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure that all funds released for the war on COVID-19 are accounted for.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) was created in 2004 and registered as a non-governmental, non-profit organization under Nigerian laws. The organization is dedicated to promoting transparency and accountability in the use of Nigeria’s natural resources.
*** Amechi Idumuebor