My project was centred on Transparency issues when accounting for road projects in Lagos state, Nigeria.
The goal of the project was to make government understand the need for open contrating. The need to understand transparency in the figures quoted for capital expenditure especially in the road construction networks.
Transparency and accountability is a norm in developed countries across the world and if Lagos must retain its place as the most developed city in Nigeria, much more is expected especially from the current administration.
Leading in transparency and accountability should not be strange to a state currently being led by a man with a solid background in accounting practices.
Lagos State is a peculiar state ravaged with traffic but yet the investment on road netwrok seems farfetched. The project sought to understand the need for government to intimate its citizenry on how taxes were been used, at what value and efficiency.
The latter is what the project utlimately tried to inform the audience, which are the government and the people. In that openness about the naira and kobo of road projects could actually lead to efficiency in contract execution/accountability and lead to more Lagosians actually paying their taxes.
Going forward, there needs to be more openess about the Nigerian government at all levels to its teeming citizens.
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It helped to understand the perspective of the government and the people that are been governed when it comes to issues of infrastructural development and the approach to which both parties take for implementation.
The wide reach the project got through publications in other media house, and a live radio programme where I was interviewed, helped me realise that both the people in government and the citizens can be awoken to their responsibilities for accountability.
Although, open contracting is not a new phenomenon, it is largely unpracticed in Nigeria, and as a country riddled with systemic corruption, the way forward is policies that engender transparency and accountability. This project differs in that, it spurs the people to ask questions. While noting that the government is there to serve and therefore must be accountable in all their dealings.