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  •  Connected Development CODE and the MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday organised capacity building workshop for lawmakers on effective constituency service delivery The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the measure was to also deepen citizens interest in government spendings thereby addressing corruption Mr Kingsley Agu Programmes Manager for CODE said this at a Constituency Project Workshop hellip
    CSO builds capacity of legislators on effective constituency service delivery
     Connected Development CODE and the MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday organised capacity building workshop for lawmakers on effective constituency service delivery The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the measure was to also deepen citizens interest in government spendings thereby addressing corruption Mr Kingsley Agu Programmes Manager for CODE said this at a Constituency Project Workshop hellip
    CSO builds capacity of legislators on effective constituency service delivery
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    CSO builds capacity of legislators on effective constituency service delivery

    Connected Development (CODE) and the MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday organised  capacity building workshop for lawmakers on effective constituency service delivery.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the measure was to also deepen citizens’ interest in government spendings thereby addressing corruption.Mr Kingsley Agu, Programmes Manager for CODE, said this at a Constituency Project Workshop for Kaduna Legislators and Aides organised by the organisations in AbujaAgu, who is also  the Project Lead for Deepening Citizen’s Interest in Government Spending and Accompanying Corrupt Practices (DeSPAAC) project, said that the measure became necessary to help  the lawmakers and their aides develop capacity in data management.According to him, CODE is seeking to also address ineffective service delivery of constituency projects in the three Senatorial Zone in Kaduna State, by utilising the FollowTheMoney (FTM)model.“The workshop will also build their capacity in monitoring and evaluation, inclusive budgeting, social accountability, citizen participation, and gender-responsive service delivery.“CODE is building the capacity of citizens to track projects, deepen the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Kaduna state as well as ensure that gender is mainstreamed.“Engagement is getting better but it is not yet where we want it to be,we want a system where that barrier in terms of communication between constituencies and their representatives in the National Assembly is broken completely.”Agu said the project was also strengthening Open Government Partnership adding that  118 constituency projects that were budgeted for in 2020 and 2021 in Kaduna State were currently being tracked by Community Development Charter (CDC) in collaboration with Community Monitoring Teams.Mr Dayo Olaide, Deputy Director ,MacArthur Foundation, said that  supporting FollowTheMoney has helped   in mobilising citizens  and also provide an  accountability platform  to monitor projects and determine its value to them.“Do you know  that 65 agencies have never been audited since they were created? But year in year out, they receive appropriation.“As long as we do not hold these people to account, they will keep collecting appropriation and refuse to be audited.”Also speaking , Dr  Nwachukwu Ani, Lead, Research and Policy, CODE,in his  presentation,said that the  foundation of effective representation was consultation and responsiveness to citizen engagement.Ani   said that this would   enable citizens have  safe communities for democratic consolidation thereby ensuring strategic constituency outreaches for policy engagement and development Management.According him, Nigeria has enlightened citizens who want   problems solved, but lack of attention by the  government to sit with the people to address the problem was the issue .He therefore , urged the lawmakers to go beyond constituency projects and open up ‘safe” spaces for people to engage and communicate with them, to  achieved from the constituency projects.Representative of Jema’ Federal Constituency in Kaduna State,  Shehu Garba, said the workshop provided an opportunity to evaluate the impact of projects that had been executed by members of the National Assembly.Garba said that the workshop has  also  put everyone on their toes to ensure proper execution of projects.“We must begin to do things right wherever we find ourselves, it is an aggregation of all these efforts that will contribute to the wellbeing of the society.” It might look like a very small isolated program but I think when we have more of such, overtime, we will begin to have a change for theNewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Connected Development CODE a Non Governmental Organisation NGO has mobilised Community Development Charter CDC Champions to nominate and track implementation of constituency projects in Kaduna State CODE s Team Lead in the state Mr Abubakar Mohammed said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Tuesday NAN reports that CDC is hellip
    NGO mobilises community champions on constituency projects nomination, tracking
     The Connected Development CODE a Non Governmental Organisation NGO has mobilised Community Development Charter CDC Champions to nominate and track implementation of constituency projects in Kaduna State CODE s Team Lead in the state Mr Abubakar Mohammed said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Tuesday NAN reports that CDC is hellip
    NGO mobilises community champions on constituency projects nomination, tracking
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    NGO mobilises community champions on constituency projects nomination, tracking

    The Connected Development (CODE), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has mobilised Community Development Charter (CDC) Champions to nominate and track implementation of constituency projects in Kaduna State.

    CODE’s Team Lead in the state, Mr Abubakar Mohammed said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Tuesday.

    NAN reports that CDC is a written document containing the development needs of a community listed in order of priority facilitated by the CDC Champions.

    The document will then be presented to the government as an official request of the community’s development needs.

    Mohammed said that the NGO had trained 66 CDC Champions on constituency project nomination and tracking tools developed to ensure community participation in the delivery of the projects.

    According to him, the champions have also been trained on the utilisation of the scorecard developed by CODE to assess the implementation of constituency projects in the state.

    He explained that CODE leveraged the CDC champions because of their structures across the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state for a robust monitoring of constituency projects.

    Mohammed said that CDC champions would work in synergy with CODE Community Monitoring Teams made up of community stakeholders already tracking constituency protections in their communities.

    The team lead explained that CODE was currently tracking the implementation of 118 constituency projects, 2020 to 2021, worth N6.4 billion across the 23 LGAs of the state.

    He said that the tracking, with support from MacArthur Foundation, was under the “Deepening Citizens’’ Interest in Government Spending and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices “(DeSPAAC)” project.

    On nomination of constituency projects, Mohammed said that the CDC champions were trained on how they could nominate projects from their constituents and hand them over to the lawmakers for implementation.

    Mohammed said that the move became necessary as most of the constituency projects were planned and sited without input of the community members leading to duplication and wastage.

    “We have, therefore, trained the champions on how they can nominate a project and forward it to the Desk Officer at local government level, who will submit the nominated projects to the Legislative Aid of the lawmakers.

    “The Legislative Aids will then submit the list of projects to the legislators who will vet the projects and select priority ones as his constituency projects for the next budget year.

    “This, in the long run, will ensure community participation in the planning and implementation of constituency projects, with the projects addressing community needs,” he said.   (

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  •  The Connected Development CODE an NGO said it developed a tool to score the implementation of constituency projects selected by federal lawmakers in Kaduna State CODE s Team Lead in the state Mr Abubakar Mohammed disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Monday Mohammed explained that the scorecard would hellip
    NGO develops scorecard to assess implementation of lawmakers’ constituency projects
     The Connected Development CODE an NGO said it developed a tool to score the implementation of constituency projects selected by federal lawmakers in Kaduna State CODE s Team Lead in the state Mr Abubakar Mohammed disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Monday Mohammed explained that the scorecard would hellip
    NGO develops scorecard to assess implementation of lawmakers’ constituency projects
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    NGO develops scorecard to assess implementation of lawmakers’ constituency projects

    The Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, said it developed a tool to score the implementation of constituency projects selected by federal lawmakers in Kaduna State.

    CODE’s Team Lead in the state, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Monday.

    Mohammed explained that the scorecard would score the lawmakers’ delivery of the project, in terms of community involvement, needs assessment, as well as the quality and timely delivery of the projects.

    He said that the assessment would be done across all the constituency projects selected by the Senators and the House of Representatives members involved in the projects.

    He said that interactions with beneficiaries of some of the projects showed that while some were delivered according to expected standard, others were delivered below quality.

    “The scorecard, will therefore, help the lawmakers to know the projects that were delivered according to minimum standard and the projects that were badly executed.

    “The scorecard will enable the lawmakers to interact  with community members, nominate constituency projects that meet the needs of the communities, get their buy-in and ensure sustainability,” he said.

    He explained that CODE was currently tracking the implementation of 118 constituency projects worth N6.4 billion across the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kaduna State.

    He said the tracking, with support from MacArthur Foundation, was under the “Deepening Citizens’ Interest in Government Spending and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices (DeSPAAC)” project.

    He said that CODE had recently conducted a community outreach to interact with community members on their perception about the implementation of constituency projects in their communities.

    Mohammed said most of the communities complained that they were not consulted to determine their needs, adding that they just noticed a project being implemented in their communities.

    “During our community outreach, members of Unguwan Pah 1, a community in Jema’a LGA, Kaduna South Senatorial District, said that the construction of a hand pump borehole in the community was done without their buy-in.

    “The community members said that even when they indicated interest to monitor the delivery of their project, they were threatened to stay away, or it would be relocated to another community.

    “In Agalawa community of Ikara LGA, Kaduna North Senatorial District, the community members also said that the construction of one block of classrooms was done without their inputs.

    “The story was no different in Kaduna Central Senatorial District where some of the community members said that they were not consulted in the planning and implementation of the projects,” he said.

    He called on the lawmakers to engage community members to agree on projects that would meet their needs.

    This, according to him, would encourage community participation in the implementation of the projects and ensure sustainability. (

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  •  The House of Representatives Committee on Public Account PAC has assured the Federal Capital Territory Inland Revenue Services FCT IRS of its support toward revenue generation The Chairman of the committee Rep Oluwole Oke PDP Osun gave the assurance on Tuesday at a public hearing in Abuja The lawmaker promised that the ninth National Assembly would hellip
    Reps c’ttee pledges support for FCT- IRS
     The House of Representatives Committee on Public Account PAC has assured the Federal Capital Territory Inland Revenue Services FCT IRS of its support toward revenue generation The Chairman of the committee Rep Oluwole Oke PDP Osun gave the assurance on Tuesday at a public hearing in Abuja The lawmaker promised that the ninth National Assembly would hellip
    Reps c’ttee pledges support for FCT- IRS
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    Reps c’ttee pledges support for FCT- IRS

    The House of Representatives Committee on Public Account (PAC) has assured the Federal Capital Territory, Inland Revenue Services, (FCT- IRS) of its support toward revenue generation.

    The Chairman of the committee, Rep. Oluwole Oke (PDP-Osun) gave the assurance on Tuesday at a public hearing in Abuja.

    The lawmaker promised that the ninth  National Assembly would support all revenue generating agencies to enhance their operations.

    Oke urged the general public and all tax payers to report any violation of the law concerning issuance of Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) by the management of FCT-IRS.

    Oke advised that the FCT-IRS should consider legislative arm as collaborator that would work to ensuring smooth operation of the service.

    “We will support you in whatever way to generate more revenue in the FCT, try to have record of the entire people resident in Abuja.

    `The data is important; ask for bank statements to know the actual tax to collect.

    “We will support FCT-IRS and help the service to bring more people to the tax net,” he said.

    Earlier, the acting Chairman of the FCT-IRS, Mr Haruna Abdullahi disclosed that it had introduced Electronic Tax Clearance Certificate (E-TCC).

    He said the aim was to improve service delivery and checkmate activities of fraudsters who could forge such document.

    Abdullahi explained that the E-TCC had fortified the process thereby making it difficult for anyone to forge such document because of the introduction of QR CODE.

    He said this effort would help the service not to be short-changed as well as boost revenue for the FCT.

    He further explained that TCC was a document being issued by the Tax Authority to certify that an individual or a business was compliant with the appropriate requirements as stated by law within a stipulated period of time.

    He added that this was usually for the three preceding years.

    Abdullahi said that this was in line with section 85 of the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA) 2011 as amended.

    It states that, “whenever the relevant tax authority is of opinion that tax assessed on the income of a person for the three years immediately preceding the current year of assessment has been fully paid or that no tax is due on income or that the person is not liable to tax for any of those three years, it shall issue a tax clearance certificate to the person within two weeks of demand for the certificate by that person or give reasons for the denial.”

    According to him, while issuing a tax clearance certificate, due diligence must be carried out to ensure certain conditions are met by the taxpayers and satisfied by tax authority.

    He stated that application for TCC must be made and duly endorsed by the taxpayer and annual income declaration ‘form A’ and three years income declaration form must also be duly completed and signed by the taxpayer.

    The FCT-IRS boss also explained that personal emoluments which comprised of wages, salaries, allowances, benefits in kind, gratuities, superannuation or pension schemes and any other income derived solely by reason of employment were declared.

    Abdullahi added that income declared must be verified, certified and evidences of such income be sited while benefit in kind must also be verified based on section 4 of PITA 2011.

    The chairman advised that taxpayers should always endeavour to declare their incomes accordingly with evidences that would be satisfactory to the mangers of the tax authority while due diligence would be carried out appropriately within the stipulated time.

    “It is evident that the issuance of the TCC is at the discretion of the Service in its justification based on the items listed in section 31 of FCT-IRS Act, 2015 and PITA, 2011 (as amended) may issue or not issue a tax clearance certificate,” he concluded.

    (NAN)

  •  The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service FCT IRS has unveiled an Electronic Tax Clearance Certificate E TCC to checkmate activities of fraudsters who could forge such document Acting Executive Chairman of the Service Mr Haruna Abdullahi disclosed this during his engagement with the members of the House Committee on Public Accounts at the National Assembly on hellip
    FCT-IRS unveils electronic tax clearance certificate  to check forgery
     The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service FCT IRS has unveiled an Electronic Tax Clearance Certificate E TCC to checkmate activities of fraudsters who could forge such document Acting Executive Chairman of the Service Mr Haruna Abdullahi disclosed this during his engagement with the members of the House Committee on Public Accounts at the National Assembly on hellip
    FCT-IRS unveils electronic tax clearance certificate  to check forgery
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    FCT-IRS unveils electronic tax clearance certificate  to check forgery

    The Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) has unveiled an Electronic Tax Clearance Certificate (E-TCC) to checkmate activities of fraudsters who could forge such document.

    Acting Executive Chairman of the Service, Mr Haruna Abdullahi, disclosed this during his engagement with the members of the House Committee on Public Accounts at the National Assembly on Monday in Abuja.

    Abdullahi explained that the E-TCC had fortified the process thereby making it difficult for anyone to forge such document because of the introduction of QR CODE.

    He said this effort would help the Service not to be short-changed as well as boost revenue for the FCT.

    The Chairman stated that the E-TCC was a document issued by the Tax Authority to certify that an individual or a business was in compliant with the appropriate requirements as stated by law within a stipulated period of time usually for the three preceding years.

    Quoting Section 85 of the Personal Income Tax Act 2011 as amended, Abdullahi said:”whenever the relevant tax authority is of opinion that tax assessed on the income of a person for the three years immediately preceding the current year of assessment has been fully paid.

    ” Or that no tax is due on income or that the person is not liable to be taxed for any of those three years, it shall issue a tax clearance certificate to the person within two weeks of demand for the certificate by that person or give reasons for the denial.”

    According to him, while issuing a tax clearance certificate, due diligence must be carried out to ensure certain conditions were met by the taxpayers and satisfied by tax authority.

    He stated that application for the E-TCC must be made and duly endorsed by the taxpayer and annual income declaration form ‘A’ and three years income declaration form must also be duly completed and signed by the taxpayer.

    The FCT-IRS boss also noted that personal emoluments which comprised wages or salaries, including allowances, benefits in kind, gratuities, superannuation or pension schemes and any other income derived solely by reason of employment were declared.

    Abdullahi stressed that income declared must be verified, satisfied and evidences of such income be sited while benefit in kind must also be verified based on Section 4 of PITA 2011.

    The chairman advised taxpayers to always endeavour to declare their incomes accordingly with evidence that would be satisfactory to the mangers of the tax authority, while due diligence would be carried out appropriately within the stipulated time.

    “It is evident that the issuance of the TCC is at the discretion of the Service in its justification based on the items listed in section 31 of FCT-IRS Act, 2015 and PITA, 2011 (as amended) may issue or not issue a tax clearance certificate,” he added..

    In his remarks, the Chairman House Committee on Public Accounts, Mr Oluwole Oke, urged the  general public or taxpayers to report any violation of the law, concerning issuance of TCC to the management of FCT-IRS.

    Oke said that FCT-IRS should consider the legislative arm as a collaborator, who would work to ensure smooth operation of the service.

    “We will support you in whatever way to generate more revenue in the FCT, try to have record of all the people resident in Abuja, the data is important, ask for bank statement to know the actual tax to collect.

    “We will support FCT-IRS and help the Service to bring more people to the tax net,” he noted.

    (NAN)