Stallion Times Media Services, an NGO, has organised a two-day training for Journalists ay civil society organisations to track implementation of constituency projects in Kano.
The Project Coordinator, Get Involved, Dialogue and Improve Project, who is Editor-in-Chief, of the organisaion, Isiyaku Ahmed, said there was the need for journalists and CSOs to have a platform of engaging the budget process, procedures and tracking of constituency projects in the state.
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He said the workshop was to train journalists, CSO advocates on how to track and report constituency projects.
According to him, this will improve journalists capacity on writing investigative stories on constituency projects.
“Journalists and CSOs should work together and hold duty bearers accountable in areas of constituency projects.
“They should let us know what they have done in the past years,” he said.
One of the participants, Stephen Enoch, a journalist with Daily 24 medium, said the training was timely.
“Section 22 of the 1999 Constitution provides journalists with the right to hold public officers accountable.
“This will enable us to educate populace on corrupt practices and expose wrong doings in government.
Tahir Muhammed, a civil society organisation member at Bridge Nigeria Initiative, said the training would create space to enable us to collaborate with media and engage communities to know their nominated projects.
“It will also help in monitoring government spending and execution of projects in a particular constituency and track budget allocation.
Papers were presented at the workshop by Dr. Abdulsalam Muhammed, a lecturer at Department of Economics in Sa’adatu College of Education, on understanding budget processes, procedures, monitoring and tracking of constituency projects.