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The Kaduna community commends the NGO for mobilizing citizens to follow the government. expenses – The Sun Nigeria


Some residents of Narayi community, Chikun local government area in Kaduna state, on Saturday praised Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, for mobilizing citizens of the state to monitor government projects.

Residents gave Kaduna the commendation, at a one-day public meeting organized by CODE, to address issues arising from the delivery of ward projects in the state.

The village head of the community, Mr. Sale Sule, said mobilizing residents to get involved in the design and implementation of ward projects was very crucial.

According to him, the involvement of citizens in the design and execution of constituency projects and other development projects will ensure that government spending meets the development aspirations of the people.

Sale, who was represented by a ward chief, Mr Joseph Wyorkson, said most of the time government projects were carried out without consultation for contributions from beneficiary communities.

“For example, there is a sports facility that has been built at the government secondary school in Narayi.

“We weren’t consulted and we didn’t know what the project was for or who was implementing it.

“We didn’t even know the facility was being built at our school until grand opening day.

“That’s when we knew it was being facilitated by Senator Uba Sani, representing Kaduna Central.

Another resident, Ms Esther Peter, a nursing mother, said the government should consult with them to get their buy-in before implementing a project in the community.

She said this would ensure that these projects meet their needs.

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Peter explained that the meeting opened their eyes to the need to pay attention to government spending in their communities to ensure value for money.

Furthermore, a youth from the community, Aliyu Abduljabbi, said that the youths will no longer sit on the sidelines but will take steps to initiate the processes of nomination and implementation of the constituency project.

Earlier, CODE’s community monitoring team in the region, Ms. Fatima Auta, explained that the meeting was organized to address issues regarding the implementation of the ward project.

Auta added that the gathering also aimed to create synergy between community members and government officials, and promote gender-responsive service delivery in the implementation of constituency projects.

“The meeting was also organized to sensitize community members on the nomination and project monitoring tools adopted, and how to engage the right authority with the information gathered.

“We also want to enlighten community members on how to engage government officials and write a request for information, using the Freedom of Information Act,” she said.

Ms. Zaraphat Haruna, Project Assistant, CODE, explained that the Town Hall was part of the project “Deepening Citizen Interest in Government Spending and Combating Related Corrupt Practices”.

Haruna explained that the project was being implemented in the state with the support of the MacArthur Foundation, to empower citizens with the data needed to tackle institutional corruption crippling various sectors in Nigeria.

“The project also aims to address inefficient delivery of constituency projects with a view to improving the quality of service delivery in Kaduna State,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that similar meetings have taken place in 15 communities across the 23 LGAs in Kaduna State.