CODE at 8, Lawal Appoints COO, Promotes Key Staff
Connected Development recently marked its 8th year of empowering marginalized communities across Africa; providing citizens, especially grassroots communities with access to credible information and building their knowledge on how to demand improved services from elected representatives.
Over the past eight years, CODE has showcased consistency and doggedness in promoting government’s transparency and accountability. The team deployed innovative strategies and global best practices in empowering citizens to demand for improved services in healthcare, water, education and development infrastructures, from their governments. On the other hand, CODE petitioned the government on gaining citizens’ trust in public institutions and governance. The civil society organisation’s advocacy influenced government policies for the acceleration of socio-economic development.
Since inception, CODE’s social accountability initiative, Follow The Money, has tracked over USD 10 million dollars and ensured timely intervention for improved first-mile health infrastructure, school construction and reconstruction, as well clean water for communities that lack, impacting over 6 million lives.
The Founder and Chief Executive, Hamzat Lawal, says the Organisation carries out its mission with independence and integrity with the sole purpose of engineering social and economic progress. “We are committed to enhancing fiscal transparency in government, especially at a time when the COVID19 pandemic revealed the severe gaps in government’s responsiveness prompting us to kick off #FollowCOVID19Money.”
Lawal and his Board recently appointed Ms Dorcas Onuh, a social activist who bags over 10 years’ experience leading various projects in Education, Policy Development, National Defence and Healthcare, will bring her wealth of experience to manage the operations of CODE and its network across Africa. The Board also promoted Mr Busayo Morakinyo to the position of Community Engagement Director overseeing and managing Follow The Money representatives across the 36 States of Nigeria and 7 Countries in Africa. Ms Kevwe Oghide who leads Communications is now the Communications Director, charged with overseeing strategic communications and advocacy activities of CODE and Follow The Money.
According to Lawal, CODE is breeding a generation of young leaders who are passionate to see a better Nigeria in governance and leadership. “With the unswerving commitments of our partners and supports from our donors, we are forging significant partnerships, innovating better ways to hold the government accountable and advocating best policies in favour of marginalised communities,” he added.