Covid 19: Order FG, CBN To Name Beneficiaries Of Cash Payments, Donations, SERAP Tells Court
A Lagos-based human rights group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, to order the Federal Government of Nigeria and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to publicly identify and name some Nigerians who have so far benefited from any cash payments, cash transfers, food distribution and other reliefs and palliatives during the lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states because of COVID-19.
The organization, in Suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/657/2020 filed last week, is seeking: “An order for leave to apply for judicial review and an order of mandamus to compel Sadia Umar-Farouk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development and Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, to publish spending details of public funds and private sector donations to provide socio-economic benefits to the country’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”
SERAP is also seeking “an order to direct and compel Umar-Farouk and Emefiele to publish up-to-dated list of donations and names of those who have made payments as per their publicly announced donations, spending details of the N500 billion COVID-19 intervention funds and the names of beneficiaries and whether such beneficiaries include people living with disabilities (PWDs).”
SERAP is also seeking: “A declaration that the failure of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, and the CBN governor to provide SERAP with the requested information on spending details of public money and private donations and to publish names of beneficiaries amount to a fundamental violation of the FoI Act and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.”
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