COVID-19: BudgIT Launches Fund Tracking Portal

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BudgIT, a civic organization committed to fiscal transparency, has launched an online portal to track the donations and spending of funds received from local and international donors to combat COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria.

The platform, according to BudgIT, would aid the effective tracking and monitoring of donations received.

This platform would also monitor the distribution of palliatives to the underprivileged and vulnerable communities across all states.

Announcing the launch of the portal, Communications Associate of BudgIT, Iyanu Fatoba, stated that it is expedient to hold the government accountable on every penny dispensed for the COVID-19 response.

“So far, the federal government and sub-nationals have received a sum of over N200bn fromb local and international donations in cash and in kind. Recently, the IMF also approved its largest COVID-19 emergency financing package of $3.4bn Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI) for Nigeria. This financing package is primarily meant to support the health care sector and assist to cushion the effects of revenue decline on the economy.

“To ensure proper monitoring, we have launched the COVID-19 platform, to ascertain if funds are being expended on not only measures that effectively combat the COVID-19 pandemic, but also on citizens’ welfare,” Fatoba said in a statement.

“If these emergency donations are not properly tracked, monitored and accounted for, the funds can be misappropriated, embezzled and diverted into private coffers, without any tangible impact or benefit to the health sector, citizens and the economy as a whole” says Gabriel Okeowo, BudgIT’s Principal Lead.

The group implored the government to ensure its commitment to open data and full transparency by making available, comprehensive and detailed breakdown of how funds are dispensed on health infrastructure and citizens’ welfare.
We also enjoin members of the public and other CSOs to collaborate, support and join BudgIT in demanding accountability from both the federal government and the subnationals via the COVID-TRACKA platform.

This platform is hosted on (https://civichive.org/covidtracka/), through the network of our project tracking officers across the country.

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