Federal Government has being asked to give the details of how it spent N30.5bn in four months to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two civil society organisations, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, and Connected Development, said they would like to know the specific items the funds were spent on and the beneficiaries.
In a statement on Sunday, The Deputy Director, SERAP, Kolawole Oludare, said that the demand for details of the spending followed the reply of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, to an earlier Freedom of Information request jointly made by SERAP and CODE.
According to Oludare, the accountant-general, in an undated letter, told SERAP and CODE that the Federal Government spent N30,540,563,571.09 between April and July to tackle the pandemic.
He also said the amount represented 84 per cent of the N36.3bn public COVID-19 funds and donations received by the Federal Government.
In which Ahmed Idris said there was a balance of N5.9bn.
SERAP said the accountant-general’s letter indicated that “the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 spent N22bn; while the 36 states spent N7bn on COVID-19.”
The group added that the Nigerian Air Force spent N877m on the deployment of assets in support of COVID-19 operations; the police spent N500m on personal protective equipment; while N17,865.09 was paid as bank charges.
While commending Idris for honouring the FoI request, SERAP and CODE, however, urged him to respond to other information requested in the FoI letter, including the specific projects on which the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 spent N22bn and the list of Nigerians, who benefitted from the projects.