Foundation To Track State Governments Spending, Contracts
A non-government organization,Sustainable Initiative for Nurturing Growth, SING Foundation says it is creating an application to track state government contracts and spending to ensure accountability and good governance in the country.
The foundation’s,Executive Director ,Idris Usman stated this in Abuja,at a media briefing.
Mr Usman said this was to ensure transparency and accountability in government spending, particularly in the awards of contracts.
While answering questions from newsmen,on environmental pollutionin the Niger Delta region, Usman said there was the need for the committee set up for Ogoni clean up project to relocate to Ogoni land, rather than operate from Abuja for such a huge task.
“We have a committee for the Ogoni clean up operating from Abuja. The committee members should leave Abuja and relocate to the Ogoni area.”
Usman said it is disheartening to know that a committee which has been saddled which such pressing responsibility will on depend on phone call to ascertain the situation on ground over the clean up process.
“Those communities are abandoned today. People are there, they can’t farm, they can’t fish. How would they survive? And we are talking about violence in the Niger Delta. We are calling on the federal government to pay attention to every village that requires a clean up,” Usman said.
“As it is the clean up is on going. But to be very honest, Ogoni clean up is just one major clean up. There’s so many clean ups that the federal government need to start doing in the Niger Delta region. There’s some communities that if you go there today, they are in a sorry state. And nobody is talking about those communities.”
The foundation’s Finance and control manager, Muhammed Basah said as part of its youth involvement program,the organisation will train forty youths on basic and intermediate software coding.
“In our efforts to campaign against youth restiveness in the Niger Delta region, we initiated an ICT training programme for young people in one of our focus community.”
“The aim was to engage the youths creatively and take their attention away from crime and violence starting from a young age,” Basah said.
Mr Basah urged the Federal Government to ensure that youths were steer towards technology to bridge the gap between technology in the Niger Delta region.
He urged oil companies, manufacturing industries, communities and individuals to come together to explore options of renewable energy in order to improve air qualities in cities and communities across the Niger Delta and the country at large.