An accountability non-governmental organisation (NGO), Connect Development (CODE), has assembled Legislative Aides of Lawmakers and Community Monitoring Teams (CMTs) in Kaduna to brainstorm on how to bridge communication gaps between the two parties for successful constituency projects execution.
According to CODE’s Programme Assistant, Abubakar Mohammed, the programme was brought together to strengthen the partnership between project stakeholders and to increase awareness of Open Government Partnership (OGP), get feedback from the communities through the CMTs and community leaders that will be present, as well as the government.
He also said the meeting would also evaluate the performance of the nomination and monitoring tools, as well as strengthens the flow of information between the implementing Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), contractors and community stakeholders.
In her remarks, the Programme Officer of CODE, Ruth Okafor, said lack of communication between stakeholders and lawmakers had been identified as a problem in constituency projects.
Okafor said lawmakers, through their legislative aides, should have a roundtable discussion with beneficiaries of projects to identify what they needed and where it should be cited, stressing that in doing this, the issue of project vandalism would be addressed.
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