Governors of the thirty-six states in Nigeria have been issued a 7-day ultimatum to give details of spending of the N2 billion palliative recently received from the Federal Government or they face legal actions.
In August, the Federal Government announced a N5 billion palliative package for each state of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to cushion the effect of the removal of the fuel subsidy.
Last Friday, the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, said the Federal Government has released only N2 billion from the N5 billion loan it offered to each state as a palliative to cushion the effect of subsidy removal.
However, in a statement on Sunday, September 10, 2023, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) asked the Nigerian governors to reveal details of the spending of the palliative received from Abuja.
The group’s deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, urged the respective states to “disclose details on spending of the N2 billion palliative recently disbursed to each state by the Federal Government, including the names of beneficiaries and details of the reliefs so far provided with the money.”
“It is in the public interest to publish the details on spending of the N2 billion palliative and any subsequent disbursement of funds to your government,” the statement read.
“Nigerians have the right to know how their states are spending the fuel subsidy relief funds. It is part of their legally enforceable human rights.
“We would be grateful if the recommended measures are taken within seven days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel you and your state to comply with our request in the public interest.”