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Port Harcourt: Government Officials, CSOs, Journalists Meet To Fine Tune Tech Solutions To Accountability Issues

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Several representatives of Civil Society Organizations, government officials, media professionals and community stakeholders gathered at the prestigious Aldgate Hotel in Port Harcourt at the instance of Stakeholders Democracy Network to find ways of making technology solutions to accountability sector more effective.

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 At the one-day event which took which took place on Thursday the 14th of April, participants engaged in rigorous group discussions as they sought to find viable ways of sustaining the community of practice as well as how the applications already developed can be efficiently utilized to improve transparency and accountability in the operations of government ministries, departments and agencies.

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Recall that SDN had organized a Pitch Workshop in March where programmers had showed how the applications they had developed can tackle sociopolitical problems in Nigeria.

SDN’s Program Officer, Christiana Idasefiema told FR News correspondent that: “the project which is funded by The Yar’Adua Foundation is designed to create a sustainable community of tech developers capable of providing accessible and inclusive solutions to the accountability sector in Nigeria”.

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“SDN in partnership with the Ken Saro Wiwa Innovation Hub engaged a pool of tech enthusiasts to build best suited prototypes that will contribute to open source date through collection by accountability partners by way of improving transparency and accountability across the board”, she added.

The applications include Polima, a software designed to collate and help voters keep track of the manifesto election aspirants and candidates. Reach For Help is set out to gather human rights violations across the country for prosecution and referencing. Your Voice is a blockchain app that allows people to organize and track online polls. Parrot Box is a budget tracking software that enables community members to be abreast with projects in the budgets and their cost so that they can be empowered to monitor releases, execution and quality of work done.

Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that works to promote rights-based community empowerment and development, and has been working in the Niger Delta region for over a decade.

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PHOTO STORY: SDN is building Tech capacities to solve accountability issues in the Niger Delta

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The prevalence of extreme poverty and a development deficit in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria despite the huge petro-dollars that continue to be milked from it, has been a major source of concern for natives, non-governmental organisations and the government.

After years of agitations, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) which the Nigerian government established to speed up the development of the oil-rich region, appears to have been entangled in a web of corruption and accountability issues as demonstrated by the ongoing forensic audit of the intervention agency.

Stakeholder Democracy Network is unrelenting in its effort at providing support for those affected by the extractive industry and weak Governance.

On July 28th 2021 SDN assembled community leaders, members of Civil Society Organizations, representatives of the government and the media in a one-day workshop designed to review and discuss ways to upgrade the “DevelopND” platform.

The DevelopND platform is a technology initiative of SDN geared towards tackling accountability issues linked to government agencies and other service providers.

According to SDN’s Program officer, Christy Ibinabo: “the DevelopND’ App is aimed at increasing and improving the level of engagement between duty bearers and citizens in Rivers State as a way of working towards service delivery and greater transparency and accountability in the work of the government through monitoring of projects.”

At the review meeting which took place at Visa Karena Hotel in Port Harcourt, participants agreed that it was necessary to sensitive members of various communities in the region on how to maximize the App to monitor and report the progress of government projects as well as request development needs that can be inputted into budgets at various levels of government.

To increase usage of the App, some participants suggested that incentives be introduced for frequent users.

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