SERAP urges Buhari to investigate corruption in water, health, education sectors

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged President Buhari to effectively and transparently investigate the corruption in water, health and education sectors.

This was made known through a media briefing by the organization on “Failed Promises: Corruption in the Water, Health and Education Sectors in Nigeria.”

While quoting Buhari’s promises to Nigeria in 2015 and 2019, “intensify efforts in improving security, the Economy and Fighting Corruption”, SERAP said the government has made little or no progress.

“Unfortunately, President Buhari’s government has made little to no progress in fulfilling the promises made to Nigerians to fight grand corruption, end impunity of perpetrators, respect the rule of law, and ensure access of socially and economically vulnerable Nigerians to basic public goods and services, such as quality education, healthcare, and regular and uninterrupted water supply”.

SERAP argued that aside the increasing the national debt, “access to basic public goods and services such as quality education, affordable healthcare and regular and uninterrupted water supply has become almost non-existent due primarily to systemic and widespread corruption in these sectors.”

It stated further that the lack of progress in the fight against corruption is buttressed by the fact that high ranking officials end up in jail after being suspected for corruption.

SERAP is asking the National Assembly to “propose a refresh budget for the National Assembly that would reflect the current economic realities in the country, address the debt crisis, and prevent retrogressive economic measures.” while urging the President to direct anti-corruption agencies to investigate the corruption cases in water, health and education sectors.

“UNLESS the president makes good on his promises and constitutional oath of office, SERAP will consider exploring appropriate legal action to compel the Federal Government to act as recommended in the public interest”, the statement read.

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