We Saved FG Above N15billion By Tracking Rural Community Projects – CODE
A Non-Governmental Organisation Connected Development, CODE says it has saved the Federal Government more than N15billion by tracking projects in rural communities to promote open government and service delivery.
The Chief Executive Officer of CODE Mr Hamzat Lawal, stated this during a media briefing to mark its seventh year anniversary and to unveil the new brand of its “Follow The Money Initiative” logo in Abuja.
He said that apart from saving government N15 billion in seven years of its establishment, CODE had also tracked an estimate of 113.6 million dollars in budgeted sums for projects across 181 communities in more than 25 Nigerian states.
“We have improved more than four million lives in the rural areas, practically, we have also ensured that 5million children have gone back to school.
“When you look at the data from 2015 till date, Follow The Money was instrumental to reducing the statistics of out of school children from 15 million to 10.1 million.
“We did this by ensuring that the children go back to school with the basic education resources we tracked.
“Also in tracking basic healthcare, we have ensured that we saved over 15 million lives in various communities because today they now have access to quality primary health care centres .’’
According to Mr Lawal Follow The Money has established its presence in seven African countries, namely: Kenya, The Gambia, Cameroun Malawi, Zimbabwe Liberia and Nigeria with Canada at the verge of joining.
Recently the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) expressed readiness to partner with CODE in the fight against corruption at the grassroots and ensure that government and international funds for projects were appropriately utilised.
The EFCC also promised to assign a desk officer for CODE to easily access information on anti corruptions as well as projects tracking.
Also speaking , Mrs Kevwe Oghide, Lead Communications and Advocacy, CODE said that Follow The Money recently emerged winner of the 2019 Council of Europe’s Democracy Award.
Oghide said that Nigerians suffer because of a broken system which allowed public funds to be siphoned and until public funds begin to work for the good of the people, the dividends of democracy may not be attained.
She explained that Follow The Money unveiled its new corporate identity in line with its mission to track government funds and international aid funding to promote transparency and accountability in governance.
Highlight of the briefing was the presentation of a 100.000 naira cash reward to Mr Akinsola Jeremiah from Kwara, Ukeme Anwan from Akwa Ibom and Muhammad Kime from Yobe for their commitments in tracking community projects the areas.
By Julian Osamoto/Abuja