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NGO launches programme to boost national growth

A non governmental organization, Connected Development CODE, has floated a programme to open up the legislative arm of government to citizens across the country for better understanding and partnership aimed at stimulating national growth.

Four states, Yobe, Oyo, Kaduna and kwara, are to be the pilots for the project, which is expected to bring citizens closer to the legislative processes of law-making and budgeting.

At the maiden edition of the programme, which began with a pally with members of the Yobe State House of Assembly in Abuja, the executive Director of CODE, Hamzat Lawal said the initiative tagged ‘Open Parliament’ would focus on the concept of separation of powers.

In a remark, the Speaker of the Yobe state house of Assembly, Ahmed Lawal – Merwa commended CODE for the initiative and gave an assurance that legislators from the state would key into the programme because of the attendant benefit of social change.

The NGO, Connected Development popularly known for its ‘follow the money’ programme has a vision of improving access to information and empowering local communities in Africa, through the promotion of transparency and accountability.

Reporting by Victorson Agbenson, Editing by Omotola Oguneye