Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, to investigate how the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources burned through N116 million to purchase writing material things in 2015.
SERAP in a statement signed by its deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare on Sunday, December 13, 2020, likewise asked the president and the minister to investigate the sum spent on similar things somewhere in the range of 2016 and 2020.
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The association encouraged the president to “allude the issue to a proper enemy of defilement organizations for indictment” if there is proof of abuse of public assets in the service.
Review that the Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation as of late uncovered before the Senate Public Accounts Committee that the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources burned through N116 million to purchase pens, letterheads, and toners in a single year.
Notwithstanding, in the SERAP’s statement, the association contended that “A vote based government responsible to individuals should be as straightforward as could reasonably be expected and should not retain data for self-serving reasons or basically to dodge humiliation.
The statement further reads “We would thusly be appreciative on the off chance that you would show the measures being taken to test the expenditure of N116m on biros, letterhead, and toners in 2015, and unveil the aggregate sum spent on similar things somewhere in the range of 2016 and 2020 inside 14 days of the receipt or potentially distribution of this letter.
“On the off chance that we have not gotten with you by, at that point regarding the means being taken toward this path, the Registered Trustees of SERAP will make all fitting lawful moves to constrain your Ministry to execute these suggestions in light of a legitimate concern for straightforwardness and responsibility.”
“The Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources has a legitimate commitment to direct a viable examination concerning any charges of penetrating of hostile to defilement enactment and global principles, including those identifying with the spending by the Ministry on biros, letterhead, and toners somewhere in the range of 2015 and 2020.”
Barely seven days prior, the association encouraged the president to teach the Director-General and Board of the National Pension Commission to utilize their legal forces to keep lead representatives from obtaining N17 trillion from benefits reserves.
The association approached the president after the 36 state Governors in the nation made plans to get the sum from the benefits assets for ‘infrastructural improvement.’