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News - North Central - FCT Updated: April 21, 2024

Disclose spending of federal allocation funds — SERAP to Governors

By Hadiza Musa Yusuf
April 21, 2024
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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on Nigeria’s 36 state governors and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, to provide an account of the spending of Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocations to states and the FCT since 2019. 

The group also urged the governors to disclose and widely publish documents on the spending of FAAC allocations received since 1999.

SERAP’s request is contained in the Freedom of Information inquiry dated April 20, 2024, and signed by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare.

“Secrecy in the spending of FAAC allocations received by your state and the FCT is entirely inconsistent and incompatible with the Nigerian Constitution 1999 [as amended] and the country’s international anti-corruption obligations.

“Secrecy in the spending of FAAC allocations received by your state and the FCT also denies Nigerians the right to know how public funds are spent. Transparency in the spending would allow them to retain control over their government.

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“The documents should include the evidence and list of specific projects completed with the FAAC allocations collected, the locations of any such projects, and completion reports of the projects,” the FOI reads in part.

The requested documents should include evidence of specific projects completed, their locations, completion reports, details of salaries and pensions paid, and information on projects executed in hospitals and schools. 

SERAP noted the persistence of extreme poverty and lack of access to basic public goods and services despite increased FAAC allocations.

It added that publishing the documents would enable Nigerians to meaningfully engage in the implementation of projects executed with the FAAC allocations collected.

“Without this information, Nigerians cannot follow the actions of their states and the FCT, and they cannot properly fulfil their responsibilities as citizens.

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“We would be grateful if the recommended measures are taken within seven days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter.”

The requests followed reports that the committee disbursed N1.123 trillion to the federal, state, and local governments for March 2024 alone.

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