The Sustainable Initiative for Nurturing Growth (SING), has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offenses Commission (ICPC) to beam their focus on the manner, in which donations into the Coronavirus Emergency funds, are being administered.
A statement issued by the executive director, SING, Idris Usman and made available in Abuja, also demand for a thorough and exhaustive monitoring of the spending of both government allocations and voluntary donations towards fighting the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic.
The statement also recalled previous embarrassing experience suffered by the country, in the administration of similar funds, particularly the Ebola eradication funds, which were mismanaged by officials of government at the period.
The statement reads in part: “By monitoring the spending and implementation of actions by the various institutions involved in the fight against the dreaded Coronavirus in Nigeria, these agencies will prevent possible duplicitous request and appropriations without due process and accountability, as experienced in the past.
“We also urge the government to embrace the suggestion of the international communities offering to assist Nigeria at this crucial time, in order to curtail a wider spread of the pandemic.”
The statement also hailed the decision of the federal government to declare a total lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun State in order to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.
It said, “We are of the strong opinion, that necessary palliative measures should be put in place, to alleviate the hardships that this decision may impose on the ordinary people, especially in the informal sector, who mostly survive in daily wages, in line with the economic realities of our country.”
“We must ensure that government decisions do not impose any form of hardship on the downtrodden citizens, who are to be directly affected.”
It also restated the call on Nigerians to obey the stay at home directive.
“This this remain the only viable option of stopping the further spread of the Coronavirus pandemic,” the statement added.