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Invite ICPC, EFCC To Monitor School Feeding Programme Amid Lockdown, SERAP Tells FG

A photograph mixture of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Administration and Social Improvement, Ms Sadia Umar-Farouk and SERAP emblem.


Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Venture (SERAP) has despatched a request to the Federal Authorities asking that the Impartial Corrupt Practices and Different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC) and Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) be invited to observe the implementation of the college feeding programme.

SERAP within the Freedom of Data (FoI) request which was despatched to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Administration and Social Improvement, Ms Sadia Umar-Farouk can also be asking the Federal Authorities to make public, the main points of the suppliers and contractors in command of the programme.

The group in an announcement signed on Sunday by its deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, mentioned it’s calling on the authorities to “urgently publish details of the suppliers and contractors, the procurement rules, including bidding processes, the total budget, and all designated voucher distribution and collection sites for the implementation of the school feeding programme at home.”

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SERAP can also be searching for “information on the number of states to be covered during the COVID-19 crisis, the projected spending per state, details of the mechanisms and logistics that have been put in place to carry out the programme, as well as the role expected to be played by the World Food Programme.”

Umar-Farouk had on Wednesday introduced that the federal government would begin feeding faculty kids of their houses through the COVID-19 disaster, ranging from Ogun and Lagos states, and Abuja.

“Publishing the main points requested is within the public curiosity. This might assist to handle public scepticism concerning the power of the federal government to satisfactorily implement the programme, promote openness, and permit Nigerians to trace its implementation and to carry suppliers and contractors to account.

“SERAP notes that the UN Conference towards Corruption to which Nigeria is a state celebration requires the federal government to set the best requirements of transparency, accountability and probity in programmes that it oversees.

“The federal government has a duty to make sure that these necessities and different anti-corruption controls are totally applied and monitored, and to make sure that the programme advantages the kids and households who want it probably the most,” the FoI request which was signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, learn partially.

SERAP mentioned publishing the main points of suppliers and contractors and the procurement guidelines being applied for executing the college feeding programme at dwelling would additionally take away the dangers of conflicts of curiosity and politicisation of the programme, in addition to promote transparency and accountability.

Additionally they urged the Federal Authorities to ascertain an internet nationwide database for all suppliers and contractors liable for finishing up the programme to feed faculty kids of their houses, which is anticipated to cowl over three million households in Lagos and Ogun states, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“We would be grateful if the requested information is provided to us within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, the Registered Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request,” the assertion added.

SERAP famous that the data being requested doesn’t come inside the purview of the varieties of data exempted from disclosure by the provisions of the FoI Act as a result of it bothers on a difficulty of nationwide curiosity, public concern, the curiosity of human rights, social justice, good governance, transparency and accountability.

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