Lai Mohammed the Minister of Information, has been urged to reveal details of payment to major Digital Switch Over (DSO) stakeholders.
Nigeria’s main anti-corruption coalition, Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), wrote to the minister last week, requesting that the minister make public how the N9.4 billion money granted to stakeholders were spent.
The letter with the caption “Request for information on the N9.4b approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOI ACT 2011)” was sent to the Minister last Monday
Mohammed allegedly declared that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) cleared the sum of N9.4 billion as outstanding payment to major Digital Switch Over (DSO) stakeholders during the launching of the 13-member Ministerial Task Force on Digital Switch Over (DSO) in March 2021.
In a letter signed by Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, Chairman of CSNAC, the minister has an immediate obligation to make public how the funds were spent.
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2021, which demands public access to critical information, was the basis for CSNAC’s request.
The CSNAC has 140 affiliate members dispersed across Nigeria, making it the country’s most powerful anti-corruption network and one of Africa’s most powerful.
“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” Suraju said in the letter.
The funds are the subject of debate, with allegations that the expenditure was tainted by corruption, leading to the suspension and trial of a former National Broadcasting Commission Director-General (NBC).
The coalition is requesting information under Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Freedom of Information Act of 2011.
CSNAC’s requests include, but are not limited to, proof of payments made to the N9.4 billion’s stakeholders/beneficiaries, an agreement of engagement with the Digital Switch Over (DSO) stakeholders, and a detailed spending that satisfies worldwide standards.
“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
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