The Kaduna State Government of Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FinTech startup, BudgIT to develop an open budgeting system for the state.
With the project, citizens will be able to verify and monitor the government’s progress using their mobile phones, access the policies, budgets, procurement records and status of fund released in the state and report their feedback via the platform.
Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai said, “We are delighted to be making this contribution to enhancing transparency, and shredding the veil of secrecy that often marginalizes the citizen from informed knowledge of how public finances are mobilized and utilised.”
According to Oluseun Onigbinde, BudgIT co-founder, “This initiative is to deepen the interaction between citizens and government, in line with the current mood of the country for increased transparency and accountability.”
Onigbinde revealed that the project is expected to kick off within the next three months, with a rigorous, forensic analysis of the Kaduna State budget and thereafter, infographics and online portals will be used to ensure wider dissemination of public data to the masses.
BudgIT’s previous release was Buharimeter, a tool to weigh the performance of Nigeria’s current President.