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About Us

Who we are

MonITNg is a civic technology platform that provides citizens with information to track the progress of public projects, access public data, and engage in civic advocacy. We believe every citizen ought to have access to the budget information that the public needs in order to assess their government and hold their elected officials accountable.

On a yearly basis, lawmakers and public officials carry out interventionist projects in their respective communities. These projects are often smeared with allegations of corruption. Many of these projects across the country lie abandoned, even after billions of naira have been appropriated for their completion. In October 2021, the Chartered Institute of Project Management of Nigeria indicated an estimated rise in the number of abandoned and unfinished projects. Over 56,000 projects worth 12 trillion naira and counting have been abandoned in Nigeria.

There is a need to monitor the implementation and guarantee service delivery in Nigerian communities, and at Monitng, we are dedicated to making sure that public resources are utilized for the good of all, not just a select few.

Our Vision

Our vision is to build a society devoid of corruption where citizens benefit from the use of public resources.

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower citizens with budget data to demand greater transparency and accountability in the use of public resources.

Our Goal

We work to ensure that public resources are used for the benefit of the general public and not just a select few.

What we do

👉 Accountability: Holding government officials accountable by disclosing the networks and systems that support corruption.

👉 Advocacy: We advocate for policies, citizens' inclusion and need assessment in the budget process.

👉 Collaboration: We build coalitions to change the status quo and address critical issues surrounding social and economic development that affect the citizens.

👉 Education: We use infographics to simplify the budget.

👉 Representation: We provide legal aid and support to vulnerable groups.

👉 Evaluation: We monitor and evaluate government policies and programs.

👉 Research: We conduct research and provide evidence-based advocacy using data and technology to promote transparency and accountability.

Our Approach

In order to interpret data on public finances and to support citizens through advocacy and accountability for enhancing the performance of public services, we collect, visualize, and use the budget as evidence to strengthen the ability of citizens and community-based organizations through town hall meetings and workshops to disseminate budget information to a wider audience with the assistance of active citizens, civil society organizations, the media, and pertinent key stakeholders to move forward with the advocacy and monitoring of financial commitments made by the government at state and subnational levels.

Monitng was established in order to address pressing issues with social and technological implementation and to make sure that grass-roots citizens take ownership of public projects.

The World Bank estimated that Nigeria had over 93 million rural residents in 2015. Despite representing more than half of the population, they are still excluded. Despite their contributions to socio-economic development, the rural residents of the country face significant socio-economic development challenges. It is crucial to involve this underserved population in national development by involving them in the budget process in order to change this.

Many Nigerians don't participate in the budgeting process and frequently don't have access to information about capital projects taking place in their neighbourhoods. Monitng seeks to promote overall development for underserved communities in addition to giving them access to a streamlined budget. We aim to ensure that the budget serves the needs of the populace by piqueing their curiosity with access to budget data.

There was a need to monitor budget implementation and guarantee service delivery in Nigerian communities due to an estimated rise in the number of abandoned and unfinished projects. By monitoring projects and involving the appropriate government officials for better service delivery, we engage citizens on budgetary provisions in their localities and encourage them to take action.

OUR WORK

At Monitng, we are social advocates seeking to engage decision-makers in ministries, departments, and government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels of government while promoting transparency and accountability to ensure the following:

We ensure that representatives regularly involve their constituents in the budget-making process to ensure their needs are promptly considered in the annual fiscal plan. Constituency projects' main goal is to make rural communities aware of the federal government's presence; consequently, we will engage public officials to ensure that the budget will prioritize these issues.

We make recommendations to public officials that project locations should be described in greater detail in the budget to make it easier for citizens and organizations to access. As was mentioned, there have been instances where budget line items have specified project titles, details, and amounts but not the actual project site. Provisions like these are extremely prone to misappropriation of funds and corruption.

We advocate for public officials to refrain from branding supplies in their names for personal gain and political clout because we believe citizens should be aware that the Federal Government, supported by taxpayers, is the project's true sponsor.

We engage the government in order to ensure inclusive growth for the states by recommending that the federal government must impose an efficient budget monitoring and evaluation body to keep tabs on project status and harmonize verification. To monitor the progress of capital projects and ensure that public funds are used wisely to add value for the populace, the government could also implement an independent reporting mechanism.