Tracka, a project monitoring initiative of BudgIt, with professional objective assessment of projects and programmes implementation in Nigeria, has declared that the ongoing exercise of distribution of palliative by the Oyo State Government has been ridden with dubious practices.
This is coming on the back of a recent quarrel between the son of the Head of Service of the State of Oyo, and his friend, bordering on the issue of “ghost workers”. Many observers are wondering why the governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, is surrounding himself with people of questionable character, which could dent his reputation as a man with a modicum of integrity.
Tracka who pride themselves as “a community of active citizens tracking the implementation of government projects in their community to ensure service delivery” have been a soundly reliable monitoring engine in the Nigerian polity since its inception. “Tracka is a BudgIT initiative with support from European Union, British Council, MacArthur Foundation, Luminate, Access NG Project and OSIWA.” It says on its website.
Concerning distribution of palliatives in Oyo, Tracka had this to say: “Last week, our community champion representative who resides in Atiba, Oyo state tracked the palliative items distributed to residents by the Oyo State Government. He observed that there was no transparency in the distribution of the food items. (Garri, Rice, Beans Elubo and oil).”
Tracka continued: “The palliative items were diverted for personal use by some members of the Local Government officials responsible for the distribution process. @ICPC_PE @macfound @seyiamakinde @BudgITng @FeedbackOYSG”
A lot of citizens in Nigeria have been suspicious of claims by federal and state governments regarding distribution of paliatives, fearing that there could be sharp practices going on.
BudgIt is co-founded by the brilliant Ṣeun Onigbinde, the young man whose appointment as Special Assistant by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, September last year was greeted with a lot of controversies due to his acidic disposition towards the person and governance style of President Muhammadu Buhari. Onigbinde later resigned from the appointment for ethical reasons.