• Tony Igele

NGO Task Nigerians: Track Projects in Your Community Captured in the Budget

An advocacy group, BudgIT, on Monday called on Nigerians to develop the habit of tracking projects meant for their communities as captured in the budget.

President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the 2017 Budget before a joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Mrs Abiola Sosami, the BudgIT Tracka Team Lead, who made the call in Lagos urged communities to also collaborate with NGOs in budget monitoring.

According to her, this is the way to drive value out of the nation’s annual budget and ensure such allocations translate into real development in communities.

BudgIT is an NGO which seeks to address citizens’ lack of access to information on budget formulation and execution.

It aims to empower citizens to demand transparency and accountability in the Nigerian government.

Tracka is a BudgIT innovation created to assist actively interested citizens to efficiently track budgets and public projects in their respective communities.

Sosami said that the NGO’s intervention in Nigerian communities through Tracka was effectively driving delivery of Federal constituency projects nationwide.

“Taking Edo State as an example, our intervention in the state dates as far back as 2014, when we recruited field tracking officers to visit rural communities.

“We enlightened the residents about related project provisions and the importance of holding elected public officials accountable to ensure service delivery.

“We visited Ivbiodohen, a community in Owan West in March 2015, where a project for the construction of a N200 million Uzebba-Okagbon road was sited; it was supposed to connect six villages – Uzebba, Ikpeyan, OkpujeIvbiodhen, Oah and Okagbon.

“Its implementation will naturally ease commuting and improve economic ties with neighbouring communities,’’ Sosami said in a statement.

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