#Follow the Money Holds Maiden Meeting in Kaduna, Inaugurates State Chapter Leaders

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Follow the Money (FTM), a network of grassroots citizens who are dedicated to tracking government and international Aid spending, an initiative of Connected Development, otherwise known as CODE, at the weekend, held their maiden meeting in Kaduna where they elected and inaugurated the state chapter executives.

CODE is a non-governmental organization, whose mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa. Its initiative, Follow The Money, tracks government/international aid spending in health, environment and education across rural communities to
promote and ensure open government and service delivery.

On 11th May 2019, CODE with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), had brought together, follow the money champions in Kaduna and trained them on the “Follow The Money” initiative and built their capacity on the implementation of its key activities including community outreaches, town hall meetings and social mobilization on ifollowthemoney platform.

According to CODE, knowledge gained from that training was met to improve access to social infrastructure for rural communities. And to also help the state chapter to develop new strategies from in tracking spendings in the state.

As part of measures to properly coordinate activities of the champions in the state, a seven-man state executive members was inaugurated by the FTMkaduna Chapter Lead, Zaliha Abdulhamid Lawal, who charged them to be committed and diligent in carrying out their responsibilities.

Those inaugurated are; Sakinat Bello Secretary, Alex Uangbaoje, Media Officer, Jibrin Abdullahi, Programme Officer. Others are; Bayero Yayandi, Social Media Personnel, Fatima Aliyu, Assistance Programme officer, Musa Idris, Assistant Media Officer and Moses Achi, as Provost.

After the inauguration, Founder, CODE, Hamzat Lawal, who spoke with members of the chapter through Skype, encouraged them to at all time be good ambassadors of FTM, by working to ensure that spendings in the state are adequately and effectively tracked to allow for accountability.

He noted that the Kaduna Chapter is one of the fasted growing chapter in the country, saying, “Kaduna started with just two people few years ago, but now have over one hundred members in a space of time.”

Project Officer, FTMKaduna Chapter, Agu Kingsley, who took members through various strategies of how to track spending and writing Freedom of Information (FOI) letters amongst others, urged them to own the project as citizens, while also supporting the CODE team in the state.

FTMKaduna Chapter Media Officer, Alex Uangbaoje, who responded on behalf of other executives, assured the team of their readiness to serve with the best of their abilities. He therefore, thanked the chapter for the trust and confidence reposed in them, by placing the responsibility of steering the ship of the chapter on them.


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