Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) sues Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has been sued over his failure to account for the spending on the privatization of the electricity sector and the amount of post-privatisation spending on generation companies (GENCOS), distribution companies (DISCOS) and Transmission Company of Nigeria.

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) which instituted the court action also wants Fashola to explain if the spending came from budgetary allocations or other sources.

In the suit filed at the Federal High Court Ikoyi, Lagos, SERAP is seeking an order for leave to apply for judicial review and an order directing Fashola to provide the names of all the companies and individuals involved in the privatisation of the electricity sector; and to publish on a dedicated website for such information.

The suit followed SERAP’s Freedom of Information request dated 7 May 2018 to Fashola giving him 14 days to provide information on the status of implementation of the 25-year national energy development plan.

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