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CODE, Budgit, others launches COVID-19 African tracking website to ensure transparency

Bukola Afeni
As part of COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability Project(CTAP), Follow the Money and Budgit, in partnership with learning partners Global integrity have launched the COVID-19 African Tracking Website to ensure accountability and transparency.
Speaking at the event, the Founder of Follow the Money Hamzat Lawal, called on the government to make the implementation plan of the distribution and procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine public.
He also urged the members of the National Assembly to ensure that the citizens have access to COVID-19 expenditure.
“We want our representatives at the National Assembly to answer the call of the people for a public hearing. We do not want to wait for 2 or 3 years before releasing the report of corrupt figures”.
The Founder of Follow the Money also called for greater accountability in the health sector.
” We want an improvement in the state of the primary health care sector.
 Through our fieldwork feedback,  Follow the Money trackers has provided information on the state of the of primary healthcare centres across Nigeria.”
Communications Associate CODE, Adaora Okoye said the COVID Africa Tracking Website has flexible navigation and functionality which allow visitors to access data on COVID-19.
“We want citizens to utilize the new COVID 19 Africa platform to access data that they need to engage with their governments.
 It is an avenue for the African governments to improve Communications with citizens and adopt progressive governance mechanisms.”
She explained that the COVID-19 website also showcases COVID-19 analysis and research for seven focus countries.
“The countries include Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cameroun, and Nigeria. The website also contains stories from people from different countries where they can share their life experiences.
The resource filters allow a citizen to easily narrow down the country on specific resource outflow”.
The Chief Executive Officer of Budgit, Gabriel Okeowo said the initiative is part of measures to position Africa in the right limelight.
” We want to redeem the image of Africa, especially before the international community. We want them to account for resources that have been committed to the fight against COVID-19.
The website is a collection of data relevant to COVID-19 transparency and accountability. The website has a section where anyone can share their story or life experiences”.

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