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Government frustrating media, citizens with bureaucracy to evade accountability — CODE

By Matthew Ogune, Abuja
19 September 2021   |   2:46 am
Connected Development (CODE), yesterday, lamented that citizens and the media have been left in the blind and frustrated with bureaucracies to prevent them from holding government to account. CODE’s Chief Executive, Hamzat Lawal, who raised this alarm in Abuja during the launch of Open Parly Naija, said reports have identified these bureaucracies as the leading…

Connected Development (CODE), yesterday, lamented that citizens and the media have been left in the blind and frustrated with bureaucracies to prevent them from holding government to account.

CODE’s Chief Executive, Hamzat Lawal, who raised this alarm in Abuja during the launch of Open Parly Naija, said reports have identified these bureaucracies as the leading factor hindering the promotion of public good and effective service delivery in the country.

He explained that a lack of accountability and transparency in all levels of governance has resulted in redundant institutions and ineffective leadership.

To reverse the trend, Lawal disclosed that the body has partnered Magamba Network, to mobilise youth civic activist networks to monitor Houses of Assembly’s performance, to promote transparency and accountability.

“We will be equipping a network of carefully selected young content creators, accountability champions and citizen journalists with skills to provide coverage of Houses of Assembly sessions, with the ultimate objective of improving their knowledge on policy influencing and journalism,” he said.

He pointed out that the new Open Parly Nigeria project plans to close the information gap between state governments and young citizens, and that it will also provide capacity strengthening to parliaments in Kwara, Oyo, Kano and Kaduna states.

On his part, Samm Farai, Magamba Creative Director, said with the initiative, young people will no longer be sidelined in the pursuit of good governance.

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