While we are still impressed with the performance of BudgIT, another Non-Governmental Organisation, Follow the money, an initiative of Connected Development [CODE] founded by Hamzat Lawal and Oludotun Babayemi has joined the league of those championing transparency and accountability as it relates to government and international aid spendings in Nigeria.
According to information on its website, it is an NGO that advocates, visualises and tracks government spending and international aid comprising a network of journalists, data wranglers, development consultants, information analyst, legal practitioners and others interested in how open data can make our world transparent and accountable.
The NGO since it’s inception in 2012, has tracked projects that have impacted more than two thousand lives in the country especially the North East region ravaged by the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
In its latest report for September 2017, it was revealed that they have tracked several projects cutting across various sectors like healthcare, education, water, power in the year under review which includes tracking the construction of a Primary Healthcare Center with solar-powered borehole in Machina, Machina Local Government in Yobe.
Others include: Tracking the construction of six blocks of a classroom with solar-powered borehole in Jakusko, Jakusko LGA, Tracking the EU-Yobe State Counterpart Funding [NGN 3 billion] For the Rehabilitation and Construction of Water and Sanitation Facilities in Yobe, among others.
Activities like this will help in engendering development at the grassroots.