SERAP sues governors, Wike ‘over failure to account for missing N40 trillion LGA allocations’

By Reporter
Nigeria Mr. Nyesom Wike
FEB 27, 2024 LISTEN
Mr. Nyesom Wike

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has taken legal action against Nigeria’s governors and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Mr. Nyesom Wike, alleging their failure to account for the purported missing N40 trillion federal allocations intended for local governments across states and the FCT.

The lawsuit, following revelations made by former President Muhammadu Buhari, accuses governors of misappropriating funds allocated to local governments. SERAP seeks transparency, urging governors to disclose details of allocations and disbursements dating back to 1999. It calls on Mr. Wike to do the same for the Area Councils in the FCT.

Citing constitutional and international obligations, SERAP argues for the public’s right to know and stresses transparency as crucial in curbing corruption and building public trust. The suit, filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, aims to compel authorities to provide clarity on the allocation and spending of public funds.

The lawsuit underscores the principle of democracy, emphasizing citizens’ entitlement to information about government activities. It asserts that transparency would prevent diversion of funds and enhance public trust in governance.

Highlighting the detrimental effects of corruption on development, SERAP stresses the importance of holding authorities accountable. It contends that mismanagement of funds has perpetuated poverty and hindered access to essential services.

The lawsuit draws attention to the opacity surrounding federal allocations to local governments, pointing to a lack of disclosure by states and the FCT. It echoes Buhari’s allegations of governors siphoning funds meant for local development.

Quoting relevant sections of the Nigerian Constitution, SERAP asserts the legal obligation to maintain transparency and combat corruption. It emphasizes the constitutional mandate to distribute resources for the common good.

SERAP’s legal action seeks to address the alleged mismanagement of federal allocations intended for local governments. By advocating for transparency and accountability, it aims to foster good governance and ensure public funds are utilized for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Source: Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP)