Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has taken legal action against the 36 state governors in Nigeria due to their alleged failure to provide an account of the utilization of the N72 billion subsidy palliative funds received from the Federal Government. SERAP demands transparency regarding the beneficiaries and the assistance provided to citizens using the allocated funds.
The Federal Government recently disbursed N2 billion from the N5 billion palliative package to each state, including the Federal Capital Territory, to mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy removal.
In the lawsuit, registered as suit number FHC/L/CS/1943/2023 and filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos on the preceding Friday, SERAP is seeking an order of mandamus to compel each of the 36 state governors to disclose how they have expended the N2 billion palliative funds received from the Federal Government. Additionally, SERAP demands the governors to reveal specific information about the recipients of the funds and the types of assistance provided to the most impoverished and vulnerable Nigerians.