SERAP drags Nigeria’s president to court over ‘missing ₦3.8bn missing in health sector’

Obinwannem News SERAP drags Nigeria's president to court over 'missing ₦3.8bn missing in health sector'

Following the ongoing strike by resident doctors over unpaid salaries and other arrears, the Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a legal suit against Nigeria’s president for not investigating the missing 3,836, 685, 213.13 meant for the health sector.

According to SERAP, the funds were meant for the federal ministry of health, teaching hospitals, medical centers and National food drug administration control.

The suit was filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking to mandate the presidency to investigate alleged missing ₦3.8billion in health funds and promptly investigate the vast tendencies of corruption affecting the federal ministry of health, medical centres and NAFDAC.

However, the suit, filed by lawyers representing SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare, and Opeyemi Owolabi, reads in part: “corruption in the health sector execerbates inequality in already unequal and unfair political, social, and economic and produce a ‘cash and carry’ health care system based on one’s ability to pay for care or one’s political position.”

The suit noted that the debilitating structure and the visible corruption wrecking the health sector, rendered majority of Nigerians to access quality health care services.

It further said, “A corruption and dysfunctional healthcare system can hardly fulfill the physical and health needs of citizens. Such a system denying its people access to the highest attainable standard of healthcare; and simultaneously, undermine their ability to pursue development and prosperity.

SERAP, however, admonished the government of its responsibility to provide sustainable health care to Nigerians when they are sick.

“This means taking prompt measures to investigate the alleged missing health funds to ensure that health system can deliver quality health care services in an equal and non-discriminatory manner.

“The failure to promptly investigate the alleged missing health funds, bring suspected perpetrators to justice and to recover any missing public fund has continued to have serious implications on the ability of the government; particularly the health ministry, and agencies under its control to meet the health needs of socially and economically vulnerable Nigerians.”

Lolo Ijeoma Njoku reporting,Obinwannem News

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