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CrimeCODE Trains 66 CDC Focal Persons On Constituency Projects Tracking in Kaduna

CODE Trains 66 CDC Focal Persons On Constituency Projects Tracking in Kaduna

CODE Trains 66 CDC Focal Persons On Constituency Projects Tracking in Kaduna

The Connected Development (CODE) has trained over 66 Community Development Charter (CDC) Focal person from the 23 Locals Government Areas of Kaduna State on Constituency Project tracking.

Speaking at the winding up of the training held in the Kaduna Central Senatorial District, the State team lead of CODE Mohammed Abubakar explained that the CDC focal person were trained to equipped  them as community monitoring teams (CMTs) to track constituency projects in Kaduna State, under the “Deepening Citizens’ Interest in Government Spending and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices (DeSPAAC)” Project, which is supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

He added that the training was basically designed to equip the CDC focal person who will now be community monitoring teams CMTs with the needed skills and information to effectively track the projects at their levels.

According to him CODE is tracking over 118 2020-2021 Constuency Projects in Kaduna state worth N6.4 billion.

Abubakar expressed dismay that most of the constituency projects were planned and sited without input of the community members leading to duplication and wastage. He  therefore tasked that CDC focal person to join the “Follow The Money Train” because it is their money that is used for the projects.

Participants at the CODE Constituency projects, tracking training held in Kaduna

Speaking on the The Freedom of Information Act, the Assistance Project officer of CODE, Zaraphat Haruna said the FOI Act is most relevant to the entrenchment of democracy and good governance in Nigeria.

According to her, Information is vital for the functioning of a genuine democracy. The citizenry has to be kept informed of the affairs of the government.

She therefore encouraged the CDC focal person to use the Act to demand information on any project located in their domain.

“It is heartbreaking that in a time when other countries are looking for better ways to promptly disclose information to the public and pave the way for accountability and transparency, ours is hiding theirs (its) and asking that whoever wants certain information should institute a court proceeding to compel the institution to divulge the information needed. That is not right,” she said.

One of the trainee, Tabath Desmond thanks CODE for the training which has greatly impacted more knowledge on him and his fellow participants.

According him, he was aware  that the Federal Government budgets N100 billion for constituency projects across the country annually, but the mechanisms and skills to track the projects to ensure value for money and the delivery of good governance to Nigerians has been the hazards.

He, however, stressed that with the training he is now equipped to ask questions on projects located in his  community.

The training was held in Kaduna North, Kaduna Central, and Kaduna South senatorial zones.

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