The Centre for Democracy Development in Africa (CDDA) has trained journalists and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on social audit.
Social Audit it’s a programme embarked upon by the civil society organizations to monitor and ascertain whether government projects, policies and contract have direct impact on the community.
It is also another method adopted by the CSOs in fighting corruption on contracts that have direct bearing on the people.
Practical steps on the way and manner they can follow up government contracts and tract shoddy deals were part of the 3-day training held at Asa Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna at the weekend.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the programme, CDDA representative, Lukman Adepolaron said the primary objective of social audit is for the benefit of the community which must be carried out in collaboration with the communities.
“Social audit is all about performance improvement with the outcome measured. It’s not always about the physical structure but the impact it must create in the society. Is the community being carried along in the awards of those contracts? What impact are those contracts having to the community? Are the projects put to use? Did the contractors delivered on the term of contracts? Once this is properly carried out, corruption will be minimize in our society,” Lukman said.
Presenting a field survey report of the FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) 2016 UBE action plan social audit of UBEB LEA Primary School Abbatoir and LEA Primary School Old Kutunku, Gwagwalada Area Council, a member of Good Governance Team, Rasheed Shuaib said he uncovered irregularities.
Shuaib recommended a reward system for any contractor who fully implement job description in the action plan and also suggested that a style of naming and shaming contractors that do shabby jobs or abandoned the jobs should be introduce.
He also suggested that community leaders where projects are awarded or sited should be carried along adding that it will help them to monitor it and ensure its completion.