An NGO, Initiative for Good Governance Advocacy (IGGA), on Friday commended the transparent system of execution of a N1.29 billion project by the Zaria Local Government Council across the area.
The NGO stated this at a press briefing held at the Youth Council of Nigeria (YCN) secretariat, Tudun Wada, Zaria, Kaduna State.
Speaking separately, the Team Leader, Malam Sani Ishaq and Secretary, Malam Yusuf Aliyu said the essence of establishing the NGO was to track and monitor government budgetary provision to all sectors.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the NGO came out with its findings in collaboration with other NGOs like; Zaria Follow the Money Champions, Youths Progressive Front and Hybrid for Positive Change.
Ishaq explained that the NGO was out to ensure execution of public projects in order to promote tranparency, good governance and accountability.
“In view of this, we follow the necessary channel by writing to Zaria Local Government and demanded for projects earmarked for 2018 budget and they honoured our request.
“The management of the council supplied us with all the necessary information, including amount of money earmarked for each project, location of the projects and name and address of contractors.
“We visited the project sites to see for ourselves; there are about 118 projects spread across the 13 wards of the local government.
“In our team, we have experts who specialised in different fields. So, we did a thorough investigation into the projects execution and we are satisfied that they are doing the job transparently,” he said.
Ishaq said the outcome was reached after three months of investigating the projects with a view to coming up with accurate results to promote prudent management of public funds.
On his part, the Secretary said the NGOs were not out to witch-hunt or to appease anybody, but to motivate those at the corridors of power to be transparent and active in service to the people.
According to him, the NGOs will continue to follow government at all levels to know what they are doing and bring everything to the notice of the public through the media.
“We are a collection of many NGOs who came together to ensure transparency, accountability and open governance in our system.
“Our main emphasis is to establish a ground that government open its doors to the public by ensuring transparent leadership,” he said.
Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz