CHRICED Commences Community-Led Accountability Scrutiny on Constituency Projects
The Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) has lamented the way trillions of naira have been spent on development projects by governments in Nigeria without appreciable outcome, saying the narrative has to change.
The Centre’s executive-director, Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikrullahi, said at the inaugural press briefing of a project ‘Promotion of Community-Driven Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Kano State’ that it will encourage citizens to take up the task of preventing corruption from the very beginning of constituency projects formulation process.
According to him, CHRICED’s goal is to ensure there is drastic reduction in corruption with respect to the delivery of key social services, particularly constituency projects, in Nigeria’s most populous state”, adding that “to begin addressing the problem, one useful strategy is to begin from the grassroots where ordinary citizens bear the brunt of corruption every day.”
He said the success of the initiative depends on all well-meaning stakeholders, including communities, social influencers, anti-corruption agencies, and the media building a robust synergy to realize the common goal.
He added that tracking constituency projects will help ensure that the aims of bringing developmental projects to the people at the grassroots are achieved.
“At the federal and state level, constituency projects would have been like the famous Marshal Plan of the United States of America with its capacity to bring developmental projects to the people at the grassroots”, he said.
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