Sustainable Initiative for Nurturing Growth (SING), wishes to call 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.
Our demand for a thorough and exhaustive monitoring of the spendings of both government allocations and voluntary donations towards fighting the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic, is based on previous embarrassing experience suffered by the country, in the administration of similar funds, particularly the Ebola eradication funds, which were mismanged by officials of government at the period.
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 spead of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, as we applaud 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, 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.
Finally, we wish to restate our call on Nigerians to obey the stay at home directive, as this this remain the only only viable option of stopping the further spead of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Signed: Idris Usman