- Seun Onigbinde and Hamzat Lawal have been honoured by a global body
- The duo have been listed by a global policy platform among the 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2019
- Both men are at the forefront of using technology to drive good governance in Nigeria
Two frontline advocates of digital government in Nigeria, BudgIT Co-founder, Seun Onigbinde and Hamzat Lawal, founder of Follow The Money, have been listed by a global policy platform among the 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government 2019.
Onogbinde is the co-founder of BudgIT, a civic organization that applies technology to intersect citizen engagement with institutional improvement, to facilitate societal change.
Onigbinde was in the news recently in Nigeria after his appointment as a technical assistant to the minister of state for budget and national planning was announced.
He, however, resigned days after intense criticisms greeted his appointment, especially from supporters of the government who accused him of rabidly criticising the Buhari administration in the past.
“This is another challenge for us to intensify our efforts to promote fiscal transparency and public-sector accountability, as we use creative technology to simplify public information, stimulating a community of active citizens and enabling their right to demand accountability, institutional reforms, efficient service delivery and equitable society,” says Onigbinde.
Lawal, an anti-corruption activist who has been listed two years consecutively, says: “I am honoured to appear again on Apolitical’s Global List of Influential people, along with other global icons.
“This recognition indicates the need to do more to drive good governance and eliminate bottlenecks and opacity in government, using technology.”
Lawal’s Follow The Money is using mobile and web technology to close the information gap between citizens and government, especially in marginalised grassroots communities.
Follow The Money and BudgIT are advocating for more states in Nigeria to sign up on the Open Government Partnerships (OGP) as a way of advancing anti-corruption reforms.
Apolitical’s Executive Chairman Lisa Witter, says “the list celebrates people behind the tremendous progress around digital to solve policy issues and design better services for citizens around the world.”
The list was created from 500 nominations from governments, international organisations, and academia, including the UN, Harvard, Public Digital and the IADB.
Meanwhile, Lawal has been invited to speak about the implications of illicit financial flows on humans at the 2019 Innovation Partos Festival scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 11 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Partos Innovation Festival is an annual conference in Europe that celebrates innovation and inclusion in international development.
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