By Iyke Nwabueze
Anti- Corruption watchdog, the Socio- Economic Rights Accountability Project (SERAP), has blown the whistle on surreptitious moves by some top government officials to “pocket” funds meant for distribution to Nigeria’s poorest as part of government’s efforts to cushion the effects of the lock-down of some parts of the country due to efforts by government to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Writing on its official twitter handle, SERAP promised to work to expose anybody stealing from the less privileged members of the society and hold them to account.
“We’re studying information suggesting that funds meant to be shared among the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people are being pocketed by some officials. We promise: we’ll fight to expose whoever is stealing from the poor and hold them to account”.
As part of efforts to help check corrupt practices by officials involved in the distribution of funds and other critical materials required to prosecute the war on the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, SERAP had earlier set up whistle-blowing hotlines for callers in any state of the federation to call in with reports of confirmed cases of mismanagement/diversion of funds/reliefs for COVID-19 by officials. The hotlines are displayed on it twitter page for the use of would-be whistle-blowers.
“If you see, witness, hear or know about any cases of mismanagement/diversion of funds/reliefs for COVID-19 in your states, please feel free to share this with us: email@example.com. Or feel free to call our toll-free hotline 0800-CALLSERAP (0800-2255-73727)”.
SERAP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, legal & advocacy org. devoted to promoting transparency, accountability & respect for socio-economic rights in Nigeria.