Release Details Of N9.4billion Allocated To Digital Switchover Stakeholders, Anti-graft Group Tells Lai Mohammed

An anti-corruption coalition, Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) has the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to launch particulars of expenditure on cost to key Digital Switchover (DSO) stakeholders.

The Federal Government had paid a whopping N9.4 billion to the stakeholders.


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In a letter addressed to the Minister final week, the anti-graft coalition requested the Minister to inform the general public how the N9.4 billion launched to the stakeholders was spent.

The letter with the caption “Request for information on the N9.4 billion approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOI ACT 2011),” was despatched to the Minister final Monday. 

In March 2021, throughout the unveiling of a 13–member Ministerial Task Force on Digital Switchover (DSO), Mohammed introduced that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) accredited the sum of N9.4 billion as excellent cost to key DSO stakeholders.

CSNAC, within the letter signed by its Chairman, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju stated the Minister is beneath obligation to make public how the funds had been expended.

The request by CSNAC was hinged on the authorized framework of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2021 which mandates public entry to important info.

CSNAC has 140 affiliate members unfold throughout Nigeria, representing the nation’s most formidable anti-corruption community and by far one of the crucial influential in Africa.

“Nigerians have the right to know how the funds were spent. We are making the request in the overall public interest and in line with transparency and accountability in public administration,” Suraju stated within the letter addressed to the Minister.

There is controversy surrounding the expenditure with allegations that N2.5 billion out of the quantity was given as a seed grant to a personal firm, resulting in the suspension and arraignment of a former Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The coalition stated it was making the request in keeping with Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the FOI Act, 2011.

“We have given you seven days to respond to the request. This is necessary for the information ministry to avoid necessary charges in the court of law,” Suraju added.

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