Abuja — Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Venture (SERAP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Lawyer Basic of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami and acceptable anti-corruption businesses to analyze allegations that $30 million secure faculty fund was lacking or diverted to deliver to justice anybody suspected to be concerned, in addition to get better any lacking cash.
SERAP’s attraction got here on the heels of the killing of three kidnapped Greenfield College college students, and the plan launched by the Federal Authorities final week to lift further funds for secure faculties.
Within the letter dated April 24, 2021, and signed by its Deputy Director, Mr. Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation stated slightly than pushing to lift extra funds for the Protected College Initiative, the federal government ought to prioritise and guarantee an intensive investigation into the spending of the $30million initially budgeted for the safety of faculties, prevention of assaults, and continued training of scholars.
SERAP stated it was additionally contemplating asking United Nations Particular Envoy for World Training, Mr. Gordon Brown to make use of his affect to insist on transparency and accountability within the spending of the $30million secure faculty fund earlier than speeding to interact donors to decide to further funding of the Protected College Initiative programme.
The letter learn partially: “Regardless of the $30million secure faculty fund meant to make sure security and safety in 500 faculties, and to offer a faculty atmosphere freed from concern, no faculty has been protected, as illustrated by the current spate of abductions and killings of scholars in a number of components of the nation.
“Assaults on college students, academics and their households violate constitutional and worldwide human rights legislation, and drive many households to maintain their youngsters residence. This aggravates current disparities in entry to training, additional marginalising the poor.
“The federal government’s obvious failure to make sure transparency and accountability within the spending of the $30million secure faculty fund is opposite to the Nigerian Structure 1999 [as amended], and violates Nigeria’s obligations beneath worldwide legislation and the UN Sustainable Growth Targets. We might be grateful if the really helpful measures are taken inside 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we now have not heard from you by then, SERAP shall take all acceptable authorized actions to compel your authorities to adjust to our request within the public curiosity.’