President Muhammadu Buhari, has been urged to openly prosecute all those behind the alleged embezzlement of over N40 billion Taxpayers money, expended in the name of 2019 general elections campaigns of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
A group by the name, Budget Advocacy and Reforms Association, said that the alleged financial scandal would be used to probe the present administration, on the fight against bribery and corruption.
Speaking during a Media chat in Kano, the group’s Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullahi Ya’u, insisted that whoever is found wanting in the alleged financial scandal, should be allowed to face the law.
The group further welcomed the recent initiative of opening a treasury portal, under the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
Ya’u called for “wide sensitisation of the general public, on effective and frequent utilisation of the portal, adequate space for uploading feedback, including pictures of evidence from citizens, based on their observations.
He also called for the engagement of the Civil Society Organisations and Media houses, to mobilise the public on the effective usage of the portal.”
The group further recommended that “the Accountant-General of the Federation, as the host of the portal, should encourage the 36 States of the Federation on how to launch similar iconic initiative, so as to deepen the transparency objective of this present administration”.
“The open treasury policy is a paradigm shift that is timely, and will go a long way in supporting open governance and transparency, in line with digitalisation of public accounting system, that resonates with fast growing global digitalisation of governance, and must not be left behind.
“The policy provides means of tracking government financial release, thereby bringing more citizens participation in governance. It also provides opportunity for citizens involvement in budget implementation efforts of all MDAs.”