Coalition of Human Rights and Civil Society organization has called on the federal government to introduce methods that would ensure transparency in the distribution of COVID-19 relief materials to vulnerable people across the country and render account of all donations that were made to provide succor to the people.
The honcho of the coalition, Olanrewaju Suraj, alleged that there are no clear modalities that will immune the distribution of the materials from corrupt practices.
He said the federal and state governments are under moral and constitutional duty to ensure openness and transparency in the distribution of cash and other relief materials been extended to the people.
He disclosed that the coalition, which comprises of HEDA, Women Advocacy Research and Documentation, Centre for Democracy and Development, Help Centre, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, Journalists for Democratic Rights, International, Peace and Civic Responsibility Centre have all conglomerated to utilize the services of volunteer persons to monitor how the relief materials were been distributed by government agencies.
The group lamented that the distribution process has been politicized, stressing that those distributing the relief items were reported to be requesting those enlisted to benefit from the exercise to first tender their political party membership cards before they are given the relief package.
Suraj revealed that the coalition is planning to stage a campaign to compel governments at the federal and state levels to invest on health projects that would have direct bearing on the populace as against the prevalent adoption of cosmetic approach.