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SERAP sues state governors over failure to account for N72bn subsidy palliative 

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Kolawole Oluwadare Deputy Director SERAP

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a petition against the 36 state governors in the country over “their failure to account for the spending of the N72 billion palliative collected from the Federal Government, including details of the beneficiaries and the reliefs provided with the money.” 

The Federal Government has recently allocated N2 billion from the N5 billion palliative fund to every state in the nation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This allocation is aimed at mitigating the effects of the fuel subsidy removal. 

The group’s deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, made a statement on Sunday, revealing that they have filed a lawsuit against the governors. Their claim is based on the governors’ alleged failure to disclose beneficiary information and relief specifics in their statement. 

In the suit number FHC/L/CS/1943/2023 filed last Friday at the Federal High Court in Lagos, SERAP is seeking: “an order of mandamus to direct and compel each of the 36 state governors to account for the spending of the N2 billion palliative collected by the governors from the Federal Government.” 

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The group wants the court to issue “an order of mandamus to direct and compel each of the 36 state governors to disclose details of the beneficiaries and the reliefs provided to the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians with the money.” 

  • It also seeks “an order of mandamus to direct and compel each of the 36 state governors to instruct the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to monitor the spending of fuel subsidy palliative collected by them.” 
  • “Government secrecy is fundamentally anti-democratic. Secrecy in the spending of the N72 billion collected by the 36 state governors would create distrust or suspicion of the government. The failure by the governors to account for the public funds is both legally and morally wrong. 
  • “The 36 state governors are constitutionally required to act in the public interest. Secrecy in government is a form of coercion. Government secrecy promotes arbitrariness and covers illegal acts,” the statement read. 
  • The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers, Kolawole Oluwadare and Mrs Blessing Ogwuche, read in part: “It is in the public interest to direct and compel the 36 state governors to account for the spending of the N72 billion palliative and any subsequent disbursement of public funds to the states.” 
  • “A functioning democracy rests upon participation and accountability. Citizens cannot fully participate in a democracy unless they are allowed to effectively enjoy the right to know what their government is doing in their name.” 

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit. 


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