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NGO tracks N1.2bn constituency projects in Kaduna

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NGO tracks N1.2bn constituency projects in Kaduna

A non-governmental organization, Connected Development (CODE), said it had tracked 23 constituency projects worth N1.2 billion in Kaduna state from January to date.

CODE Executive Director, Mr. Hamzat Lawal, revealed this in Kaduna, at a review meeting of his tagged project; “Deepening Citizen Interest in Public Spending and Addressing the Corrupt Practices That Accompany It (DeSPAAC).”

Lawal explained that the 23 projects were located in 18 communities in seven Local Government Areas in the three Senate Districts of the state.

He said that the follow-up of the project, supported, was a three-year project designed to guarantee effective citizen participation in the implementation of constituency projects in the communities.

He said that CODE, through its Follow the Money movement, has provided young people with a platform to participate in the implementation of government projects in the communities.

According to him, young people are using the movement of money to change the narrative.

He added that young people are not the problem, but the solution to social problems.

“These youth are implementing solutions that affect people at the bottom of the pyramid and empowering community members to ask critical questions about constituency and other government projects,” he said.

He said that efforts were being made to involve the National Assembly in the adoption of the CODE constituency project tracking tool based on the success stories recorded in tracking the delivery of constituency projects in Kaduna state.

Previously, DeSPAAC Project Manager Mr. Kinsley Agu said that N1.2 billion projects were tracked out of the N6.3 billion constituency projects that CODE tracked between 2021 and 2023.

Agu explained that of the N6.3 billion, N3.5 billion was budgeted for constituency projects in 2020 and N2.85 billion was earmarked for 2021.

He said that of the 1.2 billion projects that were followed up during the project’s first year, 50% were completed, 22% were ongoing, and 28% either abandoned or did not start.

He explained that the projects were tracked using Community Monitoring Teams, made up of community members who were authorized to track the implementation of projects from electoral districts in their communities.

“There is also a collaboration with investigative journalists and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission under their voter tracking initiative.

“Other approaches include incorporating the perspective of gender, equality and social inclusion and taking advantage of previous experience in monitoring the implementation of Universal Basic Education projects in the state,” he said.

He said the DeSPAAC project had led to a significant improvement in citizen participation in the handover of constituencies and other government projects in the state.

Source: NAN

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