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Foundation tasks youths to make government more accountable in project execution, expenses

A Non-governmental Organisation, Connected Development (CODE) has tasked Nigerian youths to develop interest in monitoring government projects and activities for accountability in the interest of the nation.

The organization stated that considering the role of youths as Nation builders,it behoves on them to develop self determination and critically follow government projects and agenda regarding to implementation in the interest of the masses.

The foundation added it decided to take the Sensitization to University Community where large numbers of Youths are domiciled.

The group under its Follow-The-Money initiative which was supported by MacArthur Foundation organized the Sensitization program at the Federal University Oye Ekiti FUOYE, Ekiti state.

The students were sensitized on awareness , transparency and accountability of public office holders, government spendings on major infrastructures such as schools, roads and hospitals all in the bid to combat corrupt system in governance.

A partner of CODE, community life project also urged the students on Franchise by taking advantage of the ongoing continuous voters registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission to register for their permanent voters card to participate actively ahead of the 2023 elections.

Speaking Monday at the event, the Chief Executive Officer of CODE, Hamzat Lawal who was represented by the head, Democracy and Governance, Njoku Emmanuel explained that the choice of the university environment for the anti-corruption drive was necessitated so as to encourage youths participation in governance most importantly in the area of government spending across all sectors.

He noted that youths as leaders of tomorrow in the spirit of patriotism should be able to track government’s budget and ensure the full implementation by following the process towards putting an end to misappropriations and other corrupt practices in the country.

Njoku who disclosed the plan of the organisation to spread the awareness program across the nation’s higher institutions lamented the increasing corrupt practices in government spending

He said “In our organization, there is a project we called Follow-The-Money, which is basically to focus on government spending across rural communities on health, education and other areas. Our goal is to get every citizen of Nigeria to be able to follow projects going on in their rural communities.

“We believe that our students who are young people and leaders of tomorrow should be involved in governance, which we make us to achieve more results. Our aim here in the university is to raise awareness, to get them involved in governance by tracking projects.

“You will hear a lot of projects in Abuja that has been awarded as constituency projects and mostly these projects are not executed or abandoned. So, when people are aware of these projects, they will be able to ask relevant questions and we believe these students are representing constituencies in this state and beyond. They can be champions of accountability and transparency in government projects and spending. What we are doing now is to recruit more activists and advocates for a better society.”

He expressed optimism that political leaders would be responsible and take citizens serious, “ when they notice that people at the grassroots especially our youths are aware of their rights and ready to follow it up” adding that this would in no small measure bring about the needed socio-economic changes in the country.

 

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