Outspoken Nigerian activist in Banjul for anti-corruption conference


By Olimatou Coker

One of Africa’s most outspoken activists from Nigeria Hamza B Lawel and his team from Connected Development (CODE) are currently in Banjul to attend the National Anti Corruption Civic education and Engagement Training, NACEET, as part of Follow the Money organised by young Gambian participants.
The press conference was held on Thursday at the National Youth Council in Kanifing, centred on enhancing participatory democracy, civic education and engagement, rural community development and fight against corruption.

It was also to highlight how they are partnering with CODE and the US Embassy in Banjul to enhance democracy, transparency and accountability in New Gambia.
Speaking at the gathering, founder and executive director of Gambia participant, who doubles as the country coordinator for follow the money Gambia, Marr Nyang, stated that Gambia participant is a youth led organisation that works towards enhancing civic education, good governance and fight against corruption.
“So we started the Gambia participant as a movement in 2016, when we feel like there must be something done in order to educate and engage Gambians in national decision making processes. For example the election was getting nearer and we thought something must be done in order for us to make sure that there is a mass participation in decision making,” he said.