Following the administration of Nigeria president, a South-East Igbo Forum has attacked Muhammadu Buhari led government over fund sharing of N20,000 package for the less financially privileged people.
The group added that it was surprising the government decided to share a total of ₦52bn to 2.6 million poor families in cash, without for accountability and transparency.
The Forum described as baffling government decision to give cash to individuals across the adding that by this, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Umar Farouq, had flouted the government’s order on social distancing and clearly contravenes the money laundering Act.
Calling for accountability, the Forum demanded that the ministry should make available on their website, the details of those who were benefiting from the fund exercise.
The group said it in the statement signed by its international Coordinator, Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka (Oyi) that it has also become very evident that the preparedness level of the Federal and State Governments is nothing to write about. We were caught napping, even though citizens were told that there was full proof of readiness by the government”.
“There is a complete failure from the state to the federal level, including the National assembly that is obsessed with sucking the nation dry; sharing luxury cars in the middle of health crisis and still bent on spending a whopping 37 billion on the renovation of the National Assembly building while the federal government went BEGGING for ventilators to keep themselves and the citizens alive. What a shame!
“We are aware that the Federal Government has announced palliative measures, which included disbursement of cash of twenty thousand naira.
“It is, however, very shocking to see the crudest form of disbursement of the cash that would give medieval men goosebumps, as cash is given to individuals across.
“We demand that in this period of very lean resources, that the ministry should immediately make available on their website, the details of those who are benefitting from this stimulus exercise.
“We want to state categorically that we are far from convinced with the figures put out on the number of Nigerians living in extreme poverty, which is clearly defined by UN standards as those living below $1.90 per day.
“This figure according to the World Poverty Clock stands at 95,903,776 million or 48% of our 201,623,008 million population.
“We, however, wish to condemn in very strong terms, the approach adopted by the ministry for sharing this stimulus cash. It very clearly contravenes the money laundering Act and we demand an immediate explanation to the citizens for such action.
“We shall continually sustain our demand through legal means until we are satisfied that there is equity in the actions of the ministry”, they submitted.