Connected Development has launched its 2018 Annual Report, and also present its Follow The Money initiative’s Award as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Mobilizer of the Year 2019.
The Chief Executive of Connected Development, Hamzat Lawal advised young Nigerians to stop illegal migration into other countries.
He rather urged the youth to look inward and develop their innate potentials, which will make them to stand out in the world.
In the same vein, Hamzat urged all the leaders to eradicate all forms of corruption, and make life meaningful for the populace, by providing basic infrastructure.
“The fund that is meant for the provision of services should be spent judiciously.
Follow The Money is committed to responding to the needs of the society, and also achieving the SDGs and catalyzing a positive change in the world.”
The SDG Goal Mobilizer award winner, said the Follow The Money initiative was implemented in 9 Local Government projects, and 41 State Government projects, championing 5 advocacy campaigns for improved first-mile health infrastructure and services.
“The group organized 60 advocacy campaigns on improved education infrastructures for children to learn in schools, and 6 advocacy campaigns for communities to access safe clean water. We impacted 1,292,848 grassroots people in 21 States of Nigeria”.
Speaking at the Launching of the 2018 Annual Report, with the theme,”Amplifying Voices from the Grassroots” Hamzat noted that grassroot communities in Nigeria are constantly deprived of access to basic facilities.
“Connected Development (CODE) is providing marginalised communities in Africa with the resources to amplify their voices by creating platforms for dialogue, enabling informed debate, and building the capacity of citizens on how to hold their elected representatives accountable through the social accountability initiative, Follow The Money.”
The Chief Operating Officer for CODE, Ojonwa Miachi pointed out that the initiative will continue to make giant strides especially in the attainment of SDG goals.
“We will continue to work with donors and partners in order to make impact both at the local government ,state and Federal level. Despite the several challenges in the past year, we are poised to perform better”.
Ojonwa added that some of the challenges faced include; threats for exposing misappropriation of funds, poor access to data to enable tracking of government funds, security issues in NorthEast of Nigeria, and limited funds in reaching more grassroots communities.
The Country Director of Malala Fund Nigeria, Crystal Ikanih stressed on the need to provide better Education for the Nigerian child.
She further urged the lawmakers to implement policies that will benefit the children, especially those who do not have access to formal education .