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BudgIT launches app to track projects, funds

BudgIT Foundation, a leading civic-tech organization, pushing for fiscal transparency and accountability in Nigeria, has officially released the Tracka Mobile 2.0 Application to help with participatory governance at the subnational level.

BudgIT Foundation, a leading civic-tech organization, pushing for fiscal transparency and accountability in Nigeria, has officially released the Tracka Mobile 2.0 Application to help with participatory governance at the subnational level.

The Tracka Mobile 2.0 App is the first mobile app made by BudgIT in the last ten years.

It was made as part of the Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) Project with help from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

On the app, people can see all the federal projects in a state for a particular year, search for and report specific projects in their community, and see how much money the federal government gives to their Local Government Area each month.

The mobile app will also let people connect with the government by letting them post or vote for a need in the community.

This will help elected officials, MDAs, CSOs, and NGOs do a proper needs assessment and make sure that their interventions meet those needs.

The group said citizens’ involvement in government and public finances is essential to ensure fiscal transparency and good service delivery. The mobile app will give people a way to do this.

More detailed data on how much money the federal government gives to the three levels of government, ongoing public projects in all 36 states, and aid needs assessment exercises for elected officials to help them choose and carry out the best projects.

It said that Tracka Mobile 2.0 would make it easier for CSOs, citizens, and pressure groups to work with public institutions and ask for better service delivery that will last.

In the same way, it will give researchers and policy analysts a database of data they can use to write policy documents.

At the app’s launch, Henry Omokhaye, the Project Manager for BudgIT Nigeria, said, “Considering the challenge of service delivery in the country, the mobile application will ensure that allocated public funds for projects nominated by political office holders at all levels of government are effectively disbursed for the good of the people.

Implementation in their various communities will help to check the culture of non-inclusion of the citizens in the projects nomination process that has led to an increased number of abandoned projects across Nigeria.”

BudgIT also said it would work with public institutions and officials to get them to use the mobile app. This will help close the gap between citizens and their elected officials so that services can be better and last longer.

Omokhaye said that people can download the Tracka Mobile 2.0 app from the Google Playstore and that it will be available on iOS as soon as possible.