Kaduna: CODE, Trains Follow the Money Champions on Budget Monitoring, Tracking
By ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
As part of her efforts at strengthening a youth-focused service delivery in Nigeria, Connected Development (CODE), has trained it’s Follow the Money Champions in Kaduna on Budget monitoring and tracking.
The two-day capacity building workshop was aimed at enhancing the capability of it’s volunteers otherwise known as champions which were drawn from various organizations in different parts of the state in their quest to participate in the development of their communities.
The project according to Hamzat Lawal, CODE’s Chief Executive, is an ActionAid supported “Youth Organizing and Leadership (YOL) programme”
Hamzat, who was represented by one of his Community Engagement Officer, Haliru Modibo, explained that the project aims at enhancing young people’s power to influence public expenditure towards gender responsive public service delivery (GRPS) through progressive taxation in mobilizing young people (academia’s) and media for progressive social change.
“A major component of democratic citizenship is the teaching and learning of intellectual skills needed for effective and responsible participation of citizens.
“This examines the concept of civic engagement in identifying the purposes in democratic citizenship, where students and academia plays a major role in promoting governance in the gaps that addresses social economy differences with an aim to ensure a responsive government.” He said
CODE’s mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa, Its initiative, Follow The Money, tracks government and international aid spending in health, environment and education across rural communities to promote and ensure open government and service delivery.
He said the training is a follow-up to the one that was done in September 2019 and that Kaduna champions are the first to be trained in the Covid-19 era because of the state government commitment to transparency and accountability.
Idea of what CODE is doing, according to him, is to get Nigeria and other Nations in Africa working. He therefore urged the youths to brace up and understand how budget are processed and implemented, so they can effectively monitor and track it.