This week, we put the spotlight on the amazing technology innovations at the CCHub in our major feature. Here, we speak to one of the “tech-heads” running with the vision. Budgit is one of the projects from the hub. Excerpts:
Seun Onigbinde of Budgit
Q. What is the concept behind Budgit?
Well, we saw the huge gap in getting information about the budget in Nigeria and other expenses being made by the government. We provide the opportunity for people to have access to the budget. We make it simpler for people to understand through graphical representations and diagrams. Generally, we bridge the gap to help understand what is being spent by the Nation and also the track the progress.
Q. How has the Nigerian populace received it?
The reception has been great! We have been up for six months and we have over 10,000 followers on twitter and about 6,000 hits per day on our site. This shows that people and concerned and want to get knowledge about finances in Nigeria.
Q. What challenges have you faced?
Some challenges we face include getting full-time workers to do research and gather data which is the back bone of your work, getting conclusive data from the state and local governments also engaging people on the grassroots to connect to what we do at Budgit.
Q.Why is Budgit important?
Well, what we do is important because it educates us about the budget which is a financial and legal document in Nigeria. It helps enlighten Nigerians so as to take the necessary actions and demand for accountability. It also gives the people a clearer picture on what is being spent and how to track which is very important.
Q. How can young people benefit from Budgit?
For the young people, it is a calling to them to be aware and to understand what is going on in their country. It is their duty to be concerned. They are the next generations of leaders, agents for change so this medium serves as enlightenment and a grooming medium for them.