Follow The Money founder to speak at African Union high-level meeting

Follow The Money founder to speak at African Union high-level meeting

- A young Nigerian activist, Hamzat Lawal, is making Africa's most populous country proud

- Lawal started the largest citizen's movement on anti-corruption in Nigeria

- He is scheduled to speak to African leaders at AU's high-level dialogue on democracy, human rights and governance in Africa

Hamzat Lawal, a young Nigerian activist is scheduled to speak to African leaders at the African Union (AU) high-level dialogue on democracy, human rights and governance in Africa holding between Wednesday, November 28 and Friday, November 30 in Gaborone, Botswana

Lawal, the founder and chief executive of Connected Development [CODE], is reputed for kick-starting the largest citizen's movement on anti-corruption in Nigeria. gathered that the theme of the event is: Winning The Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path To Africa’s Transformation.

Lawal is expected to share his experiences and results leading the largest social accountability movement in Africa, using innovative Follow The Money methodology and work process.

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Speaking on his expectations, he said: “I am expected to provoke debate on the role of citizens, media, open-government and community-based organisations in sustaining anti-corruption efforts in the continent, drawing from Follow The Money initiative.

“Specifically, I will provide insights into our methodology; its impacts, challenges and prospects for mainstreaming transparency and accountability in government systems as it affect public spending on service delivery in rural grassroots communities.

“I uphold that actualizing the AU Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a farce without arresting or tackling corruption, frontally.”

Earlier this year, the AU during its 30th Assembly of Heads of State and Government held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, declared 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption year.

This recognized the need to stifle corruption in its forms of manifestation if the continent must move forward in economic fronts, social development and deliver shared prosperity.

“Young people must not lose hope in African institutions and public processes. For us, recognizing the power of citizens in Africa’s democratic future, citizens must be empowered to stay engaged and active,” Lawal added.

Founded in 2012, Follow The Money had mobilized and empowered millions of Africans, especially in the grassroots, on holding public/elected officials accountable and answerable.

Holding a base in Nigeria, the movement runs dynamic chapters in Gambia and Kenya; implementing life-transforming campaigns across rural communities in the continent.

“In total, we have tracked public expenditures to the tune of over NGN 50 billion (USD 164 million) in the last six years,” said Lawal.

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Dignitaries expected at the event include: H.E Dr. Mogkweetsi E.K. Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana; H.E Dr. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia; H.E Thabo Mbeki, Former President of the Republic of South Africa; H.E Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of the Republic of Liberia; and H.E Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Former Finance Minister of Nigeria and Chair, African Risk Capacity.

Others are the prime minister of Lesotho, H.E Motsoahae Thomas Thabane; President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; Mokgweetsi Masisi, President Hage Geingob of Namibia and President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria; among other incumbent and former Heads of Government.

Meanwhile, a young Nigerian, Ugenyi Igbokwe, recently made Nigeria proud in the Atoms Empowering Africa youth video competition.

Ugenyi's video tagged “sustainable development goals” was adjudged as 'special' by the jury of the competition. gathered that the award ceremony to honour Ugenyi and other young Africans with outstanding videos submitted for the competition took place in Johannesburg on Tuesday, October 16. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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