Budget ministry partners CSO to track N6bn constituency projects in Kaduna

The Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning has indicated its interest in partnering with a civil society organistaion, Connected Development (CODE) in tracking the implementation of six billion naira worth of constituency projects in Kaduna state.

The partnership is coming through CODE’s social accountability initiative; ‘Follow The Money’, which it said was designed to ensure effective implementation of people-oriented projects for which public funds have been budgeted, with the target covering such projects in the 2020 and 2021 budgets.

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr. Clem Agba, who doubles as co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), while receiving Follow The Money representatives in his office, said the Ministry was ready to work with accountability partners, to track the effectiveness of projects implementation at state and local government levels where OGP can further be enhanced within grassroots communities.

Led by CODE’s Programmes Associate, Kingsley Agu, the team told the minister that through a campaign to deepen citizens interest in government’s spendings and address accompanying corrupt practices, CODE in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation was setting the pace to initiate reforms that will promote government’s transparency, accountability and citizens’ participation in government budgeting system.

“CODE seeks to partner with the Ministry of Budget & National Planning to further enhance service delivery and infrastructural development for grassroots communities particularly, through budget information-sharing and providing data on constituency projects. Through this, the Community Monitoring Teams can ensure projects are effectively completed”, the team leader was quoted as saying during the parley, in a media statement by the body.