SERAP Drags FG to Court, Requests Details of N729bn Cash Transfer to 24m Poor Nigerians be Made Public

In order to promote accountability and remove the risks of diversion of funds, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit at the Federal High Court that will compel the details of beneficiaries, selection criteria and payment of the Federal Government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) to be made public.

The suit seeks to compel President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to publicize details of the N729 billion payments to 24.3 million Nigerians they claim they made.

SERAP wants to know if the CCT which was allegedly made to poor Nigerians under the aegis of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) was/will be through cash or through bank transfers using BVN.

The suit numbered FHC/L/CS/853/2021 also seeks clarification on whether the CCT payments are part of the N5.6 trillion budget deficit. N5,000 to 24.3 million poor Nigerians, which translates to five percent of the N13.6 trillion 2021 budget.

According to the lawyers who filed the suit, Kolawole Oluwadare and Opeyemi Owolabi, “Democracy cannot flourish in the absence of citizen’s access to information. Public officers are mere custodians of public records. The citizenry is entitled to know how their common wealth is being utilized, managed and administered.”

The court is expected to fix a date for the hearing of the case soon.

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