Youth Group embarks on community sensitization on projects monitoring, meets traditional rulers in Karu council
National Youth Alliance for Socio-economic Development, (NYASED), an NGO that seeks to hold leaders accountable through projects monitoring in communities across Nigeria has began enlightenment campaign in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
NYASED’s first point of call was at Emir of Karshi’s palace, yesterday. Led by the convener of NYASED, Comrade Gaza Mark Auta, the youth group is out to crusade for a corrupt free Nigeria through strict monitoring and evaluation of budget allocations to ensure that funds for projects are applied for projects meant for it, and not diverted.
Addressing the Emir of Karshi, HRH Alh. Dr. Sani Muhammed Bako III, and his subjects, Comrade Gaza said the group was in the palace to enlighten the traditional institution on the programmes of NYASED so as to get their cooperation, support, royal blessing and prayers so as to embark on projects monitoring in all the communities in cognizant to budget allocations.
He explained that as a youth organization championing accountability in governance, it has observed that many projects captured in the budget for execution are not attended to, even when monies are allocated. He said lack of checks and follow-ups by communities leaders and youths has further guaranteed the continuation of the corrupt practice, which he added is the major bane of development in Nigeria.
But, NYASED will not stop at monitoring, it is going to start from the bases. According to Gaza, the group during electioneering campaigns will critically examine campaign blue prints of candidates, put it on record so that they can be held responsible, in case they fail to fulfil their promises made. Also, those vying for political positions will be engaged in a debate as a means of ascertaining their credibility.
Soliciting royal support and understanding, Gaza said it has become imperative to let the traditional rulers be aware of the activities of the group as it concerns fight against corruption, so that when corruption starts fighting, it will not be a new thing.
“When corruption starts fighting back, it will take the tone of religion, ethnicity and tribal sentiments. So we are here to douse the tension, prepare your minds so that when corruption fights back, you will have a firm understanding of the obvious, and will say; yes, he is our son but let him answer the questions”. He explained.
Gaza also revealed that the group will partner with Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and ICPC.
Also speaking was, Miss Sarah Musa, a budget tracking officer in Nasarawa State, who is a representative of budgit, a budget monitoring organization with presence in 34 states of the federation and FCT. Musa said, budgit is very interested to work with community based groups like this so that leaders would be held accountable. The argued that it is impossible for a community to experience development if contracts awarded for that community are being ballooned or money embezzled.
Responding, Alh Musa Turaki, the Santalin Karshi, who represented the emir said the traditional council is very happy with the advent of a proamme like this.
“This your project is very useful. They (leaders) will say they have done a project but if you go to the place, you won’t see it. Even those done are of substandard quality. If it is a road, it is a matter of months, it will be washed away. This is the situation we have found ourselves.
“Nobody is there to ask questions. Now that you people have decided to stand in the gap, I encourage you to be courageous. Do it with integrity and the fear of God. People will reward you, God will also reward you. I want you to know that we are behind you. We will support you and also pray for you. I advice you to select your representatives in all the communities, we will give you the support” he pointed out.
The trail of enlightenment campaign also visited the Esu of Karu, Pharmacist Luka Baba Panya, heading to completion of it tour at Panda, where the trail will pay courtesy call to Odyong Nyakpa, Barrister Joel Aninge.