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Govs diverted N40tn LG allocations since 1999, says SERAP

 

 

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has alleged that governors of Nigeria’s 36 states and Ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have diverted N40tn meant for local governments since 1999.

SERAP urged the governors and the current Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nyesom Wike, to disclose details of federal allocations meant for local governments since the return to democracy.

SERAP also appealed to them “to promptly invite the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate the actual disbursement and spending of federal allocations meant for local governments in your state and the FCT since May 1999.”

In a freedom of information request dated January 27, 2024, and signed by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, SERAP argued that “Nigerians have the right to know the details of actual disbursement and spending of federal allocations” in each state and the FCT.

According to SERAP, states and the FCT should always publish information pertaining to their actual disbursement and spending of federal allocations meant for local governments.

The organisation said its findings showed that the 36 states and the FCT “have collected over N40tn federal allocations meant for the 774 local governments areas in the country and FCT”.

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