A civil society organization (CSO), the Resource Center for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED), commended the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for supporting CSOs through the Nigeria.
The Executive Director of CHRICED, Comrade Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, presented the commendation during the visit of the President of the Foundation, John Palfrey, and members of his delegation to the CHRICED office in Gwarimpa, Abuja.
The CHRICED Cox noted that the Foundation’s support has enabled CSOs in Nigeria to enlighten citizens on their rights and responsibilities, particularly in holding government accountable for the use of public resources earmarked for social goods and services in Nigeria. based.
Zikirullahi noted that with support from the MacArthur Foundation, CHRICED has been able to monitor education interventions at the state and federal levels to ensure dividends are distributed to children and their families.
The Director of CHRICED said, “Today the Governor of Kaduna State transferred the State Basic Education Coordinating Officer to his office where he receives regular updates on the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) fund, the state work plan, priority projects and the performance project Working with other members, jointly funded by the Foundation, has enabled us to track at least 10% of basic education spending in the state Parent-teacher associations, students, and school administrators are now in a better position to demand benefits from projects.”
On other accountability projects, he said the group is working to promote transparency and accountability in Kano State by tracking constituency projects funded by both state and federal governments, using technical support and grants provided by the Foundation.
He said, “We are working with local nonprofits in Kano State to push for transparency through the state’s adoption of an Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the implementation implementation of a state action plan. We are working with other MacArthur grantees to demand accountability, using the tool of the Kano State Anti-Corruption Agency. We work with community groups to track constituency projects and demand transparency in the management of assets recovered by the federal government. Through these projects, the MacArthur Foundation is building an army of community voices who are empowered and motivated to lead the demand for accountability in Nigeria.
Likewise, the head of civil society expressed his gratitude to the Foundation for the Promotion of the Rights of Native Residents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said: “Let me assure you that the original inhabitants of the FCT will never forget the historic bond proceeds invested by the Foundation to mitigate and accelerate the recovery from one of the greatest events of the 21st century.”