Nigerians urged to hold leaders accountable on project funds

By Salisu Waziri

Nigerians have been advised to challenge political office holders to be more transparent and accountable in handling public funds meant for projects.

The project Coordinator of Connecting Development, Mr. Ahmed Bolori gave the advice at a two day workshop in Maiduguri.

The programme aimed at educating civil society organisation, individuals and community leaders on how to handle monies mapped out meant for developmental projects in their communities.

“I believe that if our civil society organisation will begin to hold accountable political office holders on the departmental projects, things will change in Nigeria. If monies meant for development projects are followed or monitored well from day one there will be no room for misappropriation,” Mr Bolori explained.

According to him, most communities are at the mercies of their leaders because they don’t ask for accountability.

” I want to call on everybody to raise up and demand for accountability from your leaders through town halls meetings where questions would be asked and issues addressed.. You should also follow track on projects approved for your communities, because this the only way you can get them to be accountable and transparent,” Mr Bolori added.

The two-day workshop was organised by ‘Follow the Money Team’ a nongovernmental organisation in Nigeria.

Mercy Chukwudiebere