We've helped FG track N40 billion in 8 years - CODE

We've helped FG track N40 billion in 8 years - CODE

- In the battle of curbing corruption in governance, a CSO organisation has stated that it has helped the federal government track over N40 billion in seven years

- The good governance and accountability initiative, Follow The Money shared this information while marking its 7th anniversary recently

- According to Follow The Money, they have helped improve the lives of four million Nigerians across 181 communities

Good governance and accountability initiative, Follow The Money, an initiative of Connected Development (CODE) recently marked its 7th anniversary and revealed that in all its years of existence, it has successfully helped the federal government track N40.3 billion across 181 rural communities, in over 25 states in Nigeria.

While speaking about its achievement since its inception in a press briefing, Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive of CODE reiterated that the pan Africa movement Follow The Money, has helped in improving the lives of over fifteen million Nigerians through advocacy and tracking of government/international spending in key focus areas.

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Lawal also stated that the initiative has advocated for the providence of resources to educate millions of children in Nigeria by demanding urgent tackling of the growing number of out-of-school children in the country.

Group claims it has helped Nigerian government track N40 billion in 8 years

Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive of CODE reiterated that the pan Africa movement Follow The Money, has helped in improving the lives of over fifteen million Nigerians. Photo: Jide Ojediran.
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As a result, the federal government has earmarked 5 million dollars and a 5-year roadmap to take a huge number of children off the streets.

Follow The Money which goes beyond the shores of Nigeria and now has presence in six other African countries, including; Zambia, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Gambia and Liberia, focuses on empowering marginalised communities across Africa and has, in giant strides, influenced government policies to accelerate social change.

The movement through its chief executive disclosed that they are now collaborating with anti-graft agency Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to track government-funded projects. Lawal said that the new alliance was cemented during an interactive session held on Wednesday, November 20, with acting chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.

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On making an impact and yielding results, the organisation also recognised the commitment of some of its members who adhered to its objective of tracking government-funded projects. Out of nine finalists, three members from Yobe, Akwa Ibom and Osun were selected and presented with medals of honour and cash prize.

Group claims it has helped Nigerian government track N40 billion in 8 years

Three Follow The Money members from Yobe, Akwa Ibom and Osun were selected and presented with medals of honour and cash prize. Photo: Jide Ojediran.
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While reiterating its commitment to building grassroots communities, Kevwe Oghide, CODE communications lead revealed that the organisation recently bagged a Council of Europe's Democracy Innovation Award in Strasbourg, France. The award recognises Follow The Money as one of the ground-breaking initiatives in the world.

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Lawal recently advised young people in Nigeria to participate fully in the country's democratic governance space and public service delivery.

He made the statement during a town hall meeting organised by Connected Development and Action Aid Nigeria in Abuja, the Nigerian capital recently.

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