COVID-19: Be Transparent In Disbursements, PRP tasks Buhari

N20,000's promise each to 2.6 million needy Nigerians was still a mirage amid reports that N2.5 billion has been paid out
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Alhaji Balarabe Musa

The People's Redemption Party (PRP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to account for how the COVID-19 outbreak lockdown ordered by the Federal Government has disbursed N2.5 billion to Nigerians to alleviate their suffering.

The group led by the elder statesman, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and other progressive elements said N20,000's promise each to 2.6 million needy Nigerians was still a mirage amid reports that N2.5 billion has been paid out.

According to a statement by the national publicity secretary of the party, Abdul Gombe, the “sharing of N20,000 to 2.6 million Nigerians by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Services and Disaster Management within four days has been found by the PRP as very hard to believe and we consider the action fraudulent which need to be urgently addressed by the President Muhammadu Buhari government elected on the mantra of probity and accountability.”

President Muhammadu Buhari was urged by the Party to ask the Minister of Humanitarian Services and Disaster Management to notify the Nigerians immediately of the names and locations of the 2,6 million Nigerians who received N20,000 each, the the methodology used in the disbursement of the said fund, and whether it came from the public before it was allocated to that Ministry by the National Assembly in compliance with the requirements of the Nigerian constitution.

Gombe noted that “Should the Ministry fails to give Nigerians the answers, we will ask and continue to ask President Muhammadu Buhari to order prove of this payment as well as the questionable disbursement of the loans to 18,200 Nigerians granted by National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) notwithstanding the feeble attempt made recently by His Special Assistant on Social Investment in response to the justifiable questions raised by the National Assembly on these loans to answer some grey areas on the source of funds used and disbursement of the loans,”.

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