- Connected Development (CODE), a non-governmental organization, is concerned about the funds allocated to fight COVID-19 in Nigeria
- The organization is now calling on the National Assembly to intervene by organizing a public hearing
- CODE aims to improve citizens’ access to credible information and empower local communities
FCT, Abuja – The Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria’s leading civil society organization Connected Development (CODE) Hamzat Lawal has called on the National Assembly to hold a public hearing on how COVID-19 funds have been spent in Nigeria.
Lawal did so at the launch of the 2020 CODE Annual Report in federal capital territory, Abuja .
He stated that the Nat The national assembly has a duty to find out how the funds raised by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) in 2020 are being reused and implemented.
As part of the CODE Annual Report 2020 said the award-winning activist:
“At CODE we take a moment every year to reflect on our work and to review insights from working with marginalized communities, our insights and our achievements. 2020 was a landmark year in which we saw the impact of our work put to the test in many ways.
“Since our inception in 2012, we have relied on our ability to challenge the status quo and hold government accountable to drive social change in the communities in which we work .
“Many of them have accelerated timely intervention in the areas of health care, water and sanitation services, education, the environment and structural development in hundreds of low-income communities in Nigeria and six other African countries.
“Given the increasing poverty, inequality and desperation staged by the effects of the COVID pandemic, our work against systemic corruption in government and a lack of transparency and accountability is becoming increasingly important.”
He added that CODE is tracking N97 billion in COVID funding at the state and federal levels in Nigeria, advocating updating national emergency sourcing guidelines and prioritizing poor health care The country has been pushing infrastructure.
He also revealed that CODE has been tracking the palliative distribution of COVID in 257 communities, growing its socio-digital community of over 7000 activists, one of which he noted that they are driving solutions and the government is sticking to transparency standards across Africa.
The Engagement Beauft Towered by CODE, Busayo Morakinyo, shared highlights of the organization’s accomplishments in 2020, particularly the FollowCOVIDMoney campaign.
There was also a goodwill message from an Action official Aid Nigeria, one of CODE’s numerous partners.
The topic of the meeting was: Dialogue on strengthening accountability measures for COVID-19 intervention funds.