The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Sunday gave the 36 state governors a week ultimatum to disclose details of spending the N2 billion palliative received from the Federal Government.
This statement comes after the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, said on Friday that 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.
idanNews SERAP 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 the spending of the N2 billion palliative and any subsequent disbursement of funds to your government.
“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.”