The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has alleged that millions of Naira are missing from the Ministry of Water Resources and some of its agencies, with a request to the minister, Suleiman Adamu to institute a probe to recover the money.
SERAP, in a Freedom of Information, (FoI), request to the minister, urged him to “clarify the action that his Ministry has taken since the auditor-general of the Federation blew the whistle. It said if the probe established corruption and mismanagement, the minister should refer the allegations to appropriate anti-corruption agencies for prosecution.
The organisation is also urging him to “ensure the full recovery of any missing public funds, revealed in the 2017 annual audited report by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.”
In the FoI request dated 27 February 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “Allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the Ministry and its agencies can cause serious harm to the socially and economically vulnerable. Satisfactorily addressing these allegations and recovering any missing public funds is a critical matter of public health, human rights, transparency and accountability. The Covid-19 crisis makes this action all the more urgent.”
According to SERAP, “Millions of Nigerians continue to lack access to an improved water source and access to proper sanitation. Limited availability of water in public hospitals makes it difficult for health professionals and the public to wash their hands – restricting the ability of people to respond to Covid-19.”