The Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Undertaking (SERAP) has referred to as for the conversion of seized stolen property into services to isolate COVID-19 instances within the nation.
It made the decision in an ‘urgent appeal’ to the President, dated Could 2 and signed by SERAP deputy director in Nigeria, Kolawole Oluwadare.
The group urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Lawyer Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abukabar Malami, to work with acceptable ministries and businesses to determine, publish and use confiscated stolen property as isolation centres.
It defined that this would supply protected and enabling environments for the therapy and care of contaminated individuals, in addition to enhance the federal government’s potential to reply to COVID-19 and cut back the menace posed by the illness.
SERAP famous that the Minister of Well being, Dr Osagie Ehanire, was mentioned to have begged Nigerians to donate and briefly make their buildings obtainable as isolation centres.
It careworn that making such donation can be counter-productive, as it might put the donors at a larger danger of contracting and spreading coronavirus.
“Somewhat than begging Nigerians to donate their buildings as isolation centres, the authorities ought to determine, publish, and use confiscated property as isolation centres, as a brief measure.
“Utilizing confiscated property as isolation centres can be proportionate, needed, and serve a authentic goal, particularly to guard public well being and public order,” the group mentioned.
It added, “The proposed measure can be lawful, and simpler, as it might be within the public curiosity.
“Utilizing the confiscated property as proposed would neither violate the accused’s proper to property nor entail an obligation to compensate. The proposal by the Minister of Well being would pose pointless dangers to public well being.”
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SERAP urges you to ask Mr Malami to urgently work out the main points and modalities for implementing these suggestions with the Ministry of Well being, Nigeria Middle for Illness Management (NCDC), the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) and the Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC).
SERAP urges you to ask the Minister of Well being to drop the thought of begging Nigerians to donate their buildings as isolation centres, and to maneuver swiftly to deal with implementing these suggestions as a step in the direction of successfully decreasing the unfold of COVID-19, treating and caring for individuals, and fulfilling the fitting to well being, in keeping with Nigeria’s human rights obligations and the sustainable improvement objectives.
Our suggestions, aside from being totally appropriate with Nigeria’s worldwide anti-corruption obligations together with the UN Conference in opposition to Corruption, which has been ratified, would additionally improve the flexibility of the authorities to successfully and satisfactorily reply to COVID-19.
Decreasing well being dangers related to Nigerians donating their buildings as isolation centres would complement the authorities’ goals of ending COVID-19.
As the fitting to well being is intently associated to and dependent upon the belief of different human rights, together with the fitting to non-public and household life, asking Nigerians to donate their buildings as isolation centres may additionally violate this elementary human proper.
The suggestions would additionally improve the flexibility of the authorities to successfully implement the nation’s worldwide human rights obligations significantly concerning to take efficient steps to forestall, deal with, and fight epidemic, endemic and different illnesses, corresponding to COVID-19.
SERAP’s request can also be in keeping with the repeated public dedication by your authorities to offer particulars and places of all recovered stolen public funds.
Publishing confiscated property would even be totally in line with the judgment by Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari of the Federal Excessive Courtroom, Lagos, which ordered your authorities to inform Nigerians concerning the stolen property it allegedly recovered.
The judgment was delivered in July 2017 following a Freedom of Data go well with quantity: FHC/CS/964/2016 introduced by SERAP. Your authorities has refused to obey the judgment, regardless of Mr Malami publicly promising to take action.
We hope that the elements highlighted will assist information your actions in performing to make sure enabling environments as isolation centres to deal with and look after Nigerians, because the NCDC takes steps to ramp up testing for COVID-19.