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Public accountability key to meaningful progress –NGO



The Nigeria and Africa Development Indicators Monitoring (NADIM) Foundation, an NGO, says accountability of leaders is imperative to achieving meaningful progress and development in Nigeria and the African continent.

Prof. Taofeek Ibrahim, founder of the foundation said this on Monday in Abuja at the presentation of the NADIM’s 2018 outstanding leadership award to the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.

Ibrahim, also the Vice-Chancellor of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, said the award was based on results-oriented contribution for a rapid progress and development of Nigeria and Africa.

“You may recall that, The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, served as the Executive Governor of Lagos State between the years 2007 and 2015 which encompass the period of the NDHS 2009-2013 that was analysed and earned him the honour of today.

“We used 18 basic development indicators which are subsumed in the SDGs and the World Development Indicators, to assess the development performance of the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT.

“The source of the secondary data we used for our assessment (covering the period 2009-2013) is the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, 2013, published in June, 2014.

“The NDHS is the most comprehensive, most reliable report that summarises the findings of the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey every five years by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“(It is done) through the National Population Commission (NPC) with the collaboration of the ICF International, Rockville, Maryland, USA, the USAID, The UKAID and the UNFPA,” Ibrahim said.

The VC said that it took the foundation more than three years of rigorous research and scrutiny to come up with the findings.

“We also obtained data from the reports of the World Bank, World Health Organisation, Transparency International and the Social Progress Imperatives for the comparison of African Countries,” Ibrahim said.

The awards include first state with highest percentage of households with access to electricity in Nigeria between 2009-2013, second best state with the percentage of births delivered by a doctor in Nigeria.

It also included the third best state with the percentage of under-5 children with birth certificate and most importantly for emerging as the, second overall Best State in Nigeria in the period between 2009 and 2013 based on analysis of results of the Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey, 2013.

Receiving the awards on behalf of the minister, the Minister of State for Works and Housing, Mr Muhammed Aliu commended the foundation for the awards on the minister.

Aliu said the the minister did not only do well for Lagos State but for the country as a whole.

He added that the award would encourage the minister to do more even with his present assignment.

NADIM Foundation is a Non-Governmental Organisation with a focus on Research and Advocacy to motivate Accountability, Responsible Leadership and Good Governance for Sustainable Development in Nigeria and Africa.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz