By Charles Nwaoguji
A former President of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Dr. Samuel Nzekwe, has called on the Federal and State governments to ensure transparency in the management of the funds donated by different groups and institutions towards the management of the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview with Skybirdnews Group, recently. Nzekwe urged the tiers of government to ensure the funds are disbursed in an open and transparent manner.
“We appreciate all the contributors and donors in the emergency funds and materials in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The best that can happen is accountability. No one should be encouraged to profit from the current human misery. We urge all government MDAs and special task force to uphold procurement and operational standards and policies in procurement, awards and payments of services and distribution of materials,” he said.
He said that CONVID-19 has exposed the helplessness of millions of poor Nigerians especially in a time of adversary.
He noted there should be evaluation of governments disbursement and expenditure in the nearest future.
He also wanted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) to be included in the Federal Government’s NEC Special Committee on COVID-19 Chaired by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, and the Presidential Task Force led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, in order to strengthen the mechanism for public accountability and transparency.
He urged the various authorities to allocate resources through tracking of beneficiaries of allocations and distributions through verifiable means and databases.
He noted that many advanced nations are locked down by this deadly Coronavirus. Europe is locked down, China is, America has been and Asia is locking down, adding that the huge economic implications of these lock down is enormous for these nations.
“Back home, we are yet to imagine the huge economic implications on our fragile and deteriorating economy which lacks any social welfare for the young, middle-aged, unemployed and old people of the country.”
Dr. Nzekwe wondered why a lawyer was selected to head the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19. What a joke and misfit!
“Big nations commit huge sums for the cure and treatment of their citizens and also for research purposes. Our budget for the coronavirus is a peanut that is not even enough for a state.
“That the National committee set up for Covid 19 in Nigeria is headed by a lawyer who is not a medical doctor for the job is not good enough. It only shows how serious we are as a nation,” he added.