Civil Society Network Against Corruption, (CSNAC) has demanded that the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to release details of how N9.4b was expended by his office payment to key Digital Switch Over, (DSO) stakeholders.
In a letter addressed to the Minister last week, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, (CSNAC) asked the Minister to make available to the public how the N9.4b funds released to the stakeholders was spent.
Nigeria’s foremost anti-corruption coalition, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, (CSNAC) in the letter signed by its Chairman, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju said the Minister has immediate obligation to make public how the funds were expended.
The request by (CSNAC), was hinged on legal framework of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2021 which mandates public access to vital information.
The CSNAC has some 140 affiliate members spread across Nigeria representing the country’s most formidable anti-corruption network and by far one of the most influential in Africa.
“Nigerians have the right to know how the funds were spent. We are making the request in the overall public interest and in line with transparency and accountability in public administration” Mr Suraju said in the letter addressed to the Minister.
The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), requests being made include but not limited to evidence of payments made to the stakeholders/beneficiaries of the N9.4 Billion, agreement of engagement of the Digital Switch Over (DSO) stakeholders and a detailed expenditure that meets global standard.
“We have given you seven days to respond to the request. This is necessary for the Information Ministry to avoid necessary charges in the Court of law”, Suraju said.