Elites Network for Sustainable Development (ENetSuD) – An anti-corruption civil society organization concerned with the development of grassroots areas of Kwara State, has launched a mobile application to help people track government spending, activities, infrastructure, among others.
Speaking at the launch of the app in Ilorin on Friday, the convener and Coordinator of the group, Dr. Abdullateef Alagbonsi, said that the project aimed at complementing the government’s efforts at spreading development to the 16 local government areas of the state.
Dr. Alagbonsi, who said that corruption among some political office holders had denied people from enjoying improved socioeconomic development, added that Nigerians are no longer supposed to experience bad governance.
“It’s corruption that has denied people the dividends of democracy. It’s corruption that had made our children unable to attend good schools and get quality education, potable water, or get quality health care”, he said.
The Coordinator, who said that ENetSuD was out to fight systemic corruption and track government spending, especially through the way it carries out its annual budgetary allocation and spending, added that it aimed to promote good governance and erase marginalization.
Speaking on the workings of the app, the chairman of the app launch, Mr. Saeed Tijjani, said that the app is already on the Google Play Store and took users to activities of ENetSuD from inception, adding that it was for individuals and organizations.
“The app would help track government’s spending and facilitate infrastructure to user’s areas and aid development, justice and equity. It would also encourage interaction with political office holders from each district of the state. Efforts have also been made to regulate the use against abuse”, he said.
Tijjani also said that volunteers would be trained to disseminate the use of the app to dwellers in the grassroots areas. He added that there are two steps to download the app, either via a search for ENetSuD on the Google Play Store or via this Link.
Tijjani added that though the app was the Organization’s initiative, it wouldn’t have become a reality without the support and partnership of Digprom International. We deeply appreciate them for their unrelenting support, He said.
The group’s Director of Media, Mr. Yinka Owolewa, on his part, said the Launching of the App is a step forward in making the organization’s activities meet the 21st-century media standard, and that it would keep doing more in digitalizing all activities.
Dignitaries present at the app launch were; Mrs. Z.O.Ghali representative of MD, Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, Mr. Yinka Rasaq, who represents Grassroots Development Advocacy Centre (GDMAC), and Hon. Abiola Farounbi who represents the Hon. Tunji Olawuyi Ajulo-Opin (Member representing Isin, Oke-Ero, Ekiti, Irepodun Federal constituency).
The Deputy Coordinator (Projects Tracking) of ENetSuD, Comrade Lanre Osho while giving his closing remarks thanked the dignitaries, citizens and the Digprom Team for gracing the event.
“We appreciate your presence here today despite your tight schedules. This singular act shows how dear we’re to you. We’re not going to take your support for a joke, and we won’t relent in achieving our vision and mandates” Osho added.