Transparency and Integrity


N3.8bn Health Funds: SERAP Demands Probe Of Missing Funds


President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari 

Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) Calls On Buhari To Probe Missing N3.8bn Health Funds.

A statement issued on Sunday by Kolawole Oluwadare, the Deputy Director of SERAP revealed that funds which was released for the Federal Ministry of Health, Medical Centres, and the National Food Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC) went missing.

Oluwadare making reference to the first part of the 2018 audited report which was  released by the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation stated that the missing funds would have served in providing quality Healthcare for citizens making special reference to the pandemic.

Beseeching President Muhammadu Buhari and stressing on the consequences of failing to set up a panel to investigate the allegation  which he said will lead to a breach of the constitution and resolve of UN convention against corruption.

“ Investigate the extent and patterns of widespread corruption in the Federal Ministry of Health, teaching hospitals, medical centres, neuro-psychiatric hospitals, National Health Insurance Scheme, and NAFDAC indicted in the audited report, and to clean up an apparently entrenched system of corruption in the health sector.

“ Corruption in the health sector can cause serious harm to individuals and society, especially the most vulnerable sectors of the population. These missing funds could have been used to provide access to quality healthcare for Nigerians and meet the requirements of the National Health Act, especially at a time of the COVID-19 pandemic. ”

“ Investigating and prosecuting the allegations of corruption by these institutions would improve the chances of success of your government’s oft-repeated commitment to fight corruption and end the impunity of perpetrators, as well as serve the public interest.

“ Any failure to promptly investigate the allegations and prosecute suspected perpetrators, and to recover the missing public funds would breach Nigeria’s anti-corruption legislation, the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended), the UN Convention against Corruption, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to which Nigeria is a state party. ”

“ Allegations of corruption in the health sector undermine public confidence in the sector. We would be grateful if your government would indicate the measures being taken to address the allegations and to implement the proposed recommendations, within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter.

“ If we have not heard from you by then as to the steps being taken in this direction, the Registered Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel your government to implement these recommendations in the public interest, and to promote transparency and account. "

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