Connected Development, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has extended its programme of mobilising Nigerian university students to follow and monitor projects in their respective domains towards accountability and transparency.
The National Coordination of the NGO, Mallam Hazat Lawal, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The coordinator spoke on the sideline of the programme which was themed, “Follow the Money Campus Tour” held at the main campus of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
Lawal stated that the initiative was more concerned about how money meant for a particular project was beinf utilised in a judicious and transparent manner especially at the grassroot levels.
“For us, we believe that the academic space plays a huge role and they have potentials because when you look at research around the world, it comes from the academics.
“You can only get research and statistics from the academics and we believe that young people have a role to play in nation building, leadership and democratic governance.
“So, we started this initiative called ‘Follow the Money Campus Tour’ with the University of Jos (UNIJOS) and today we are here in ABU, Zaria,” he stated.
Lawal made it known that the essence of the programme was to equip young people with tools, information and organise them better on how to hold their government to account.
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