The Guardian (Nigeria)

CSOS Query Utilisatio­n Of $ 51billion Fund For COVID- 19 Fight In Nigeria

- From Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja

CIVIL Society Organisati­ons ( CSOS) have questioned the utilisatio­n of about $ 51.05 billion committed to the fight against COVID- 19 pandemic in Nigeria and other African


Chief Executive Officer for Budgit, Gabriel Okeowo made the demand at the launch of a COVID Africa Tracking Website yesterday in Abuja.

The website, which is a brainchild of social accountabi­lity initiative­s, Follow the Money, Budgit, and Global Integrity and part of the COVID19 Transparen­cy & Accountabi­lity Project ( CTAP) was designed to provide African citizens with access to evidence on COVID resources, leading social accountabi­lity initiative­s.

Okeowo noted that while

Africa receives billions of dollars as grants for COVID- 19 response and interventi­on programme, most of the funds are unaccounte­d for, adding that the continent’s public finances suffer from a lack of accountabi­lity.

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