CODE organize hangout on tracking government spending
M.A Ibrahim – Maiduguri
CODE organized a community Champions hangout with the theme: Tracking government spending in Nigerian grassroots communities.
Connected Development Initiative [CODE] is a non-governmental organization founded in 2012 with the mission to empower marginalized communities in Africa. They provide resources to amplify community voices with independence and integrity while providing communities with information that ushers social and economic progress. iFollowTheMoney is an online community for passionate young people who are holding their government accountable in order to increase government service delivery in Africa. It is an online community where all the grassroots and rural activities of follow the Money is documented. It is a Pan African revolutionary project with chapters is more than four African Countries. CODE has 5 state chapters in Nigeria which are in Adamawa, Borno, Kano, Plateau and Yobe.
Zaliha Lawal Project officer of CODE explaining the activities of follow the money gave a brief history of the organization which was started in 2012 and talk about how to track money to ensure that government is held accountable.
Participants were taught on how to follow the money with the already developed model which has nine steps. A participant at the event Mahmud Muhammed from Global Environmental Response Initiative GERI appreciated the organizers for organizing such an enlightening event. He said they are now aware of the steps to follow the money/projects and promises to step down the awareness drive to other CBOs and members of the public.
The community engagement manager of CODE Mr. Busayo Murakinyo said “we have discover that 700 plus LGA we have in Nigeria, we cannot follow the money from all these LGA we are trying to bring communities into the fold to see how they will begin to follow the money themselves which is more sustainable”. He also stated that
we want to see how these communities can be able to on their own track government expenditure and hold government accountable.
CODE tracks projects in Health, education and environment/WASH. Mr. Busayo expressed that Sustainability for us is where communities are empowered enough with the right information to track government expenses and to take the burden off Civil Society Organizations, take it to the community and monitor how these communities get acquainted with the process of following the money.”
Also speaking to Muazu Abubakar Sadiq the Chapter Lead CODE Borno state who said “what we have done today is that we are trying to see how sustainability can take place whereby these communities can take off from where we stop. Mr. Sadiq stated that they have achieved lot in Borno state looking at the project they have tracked which is the Mairi Kuwait constituency project for class rooms, Primary health care facility in Makera and are currently tracking the construction of school facility at Miringa in Biu LGA.
We are trying to expand to see we cover all the entire 27 LGA of Borno state and as well as to see how people can take off from where we stop.
Follow the Money is a project of Connected Development [CODE]