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Budgit, at award ceremony, pushes for inclusion to grow economic

A civic data-driven tech organization, BudgIT, has stressed the importance of inclusion of women’s rights, community services, disability rights and, civic engagement and action, human rights and effective service delivery to promote economic growth in the country.

Its Global Director, Mr. Oluseun Onigbinde, who spoke during the conferment of awards to deserving personalities at Civic Centre, Lagos over the weekend, said the forum was convened to celebrate personalities, organizations, and agencies that are championing causes, programs and initiatives that have positively impacted women’s right, community services, disability rights and inclusion, political activism, civic engagement and action, journalism, human rights and effective service delivery in Nigeria.

Oluseun said the #ACAwards2022 was also a way of celebrating the agency’s 11th anniversary and a way of giving back to the ecosystem. He said the award will bring about further dialogue on the need to institutionalize a culture of recognizing and celebrating the immense contributions of development leaders to effective governance and an active civic space in Nigeria.

The primary goal of Budgit according to Oluseun is to engage citizens and give citizens the opportunity to grow bigger.

During the award proper, popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) and skit maker Debo Adedayo, popularly known as Mr. Macaroni, were recognised with the Civic Activism Award.

Opeyemi Oriniowo, Hamzat Lawson, Oreoluwa Lesi and others also graced the event.

Also speaking on the occasion, Board Chairperson at Budgit, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, described the event and the process of the finalist is to honor the spotlight and celebrate humans doing groundbreaking innovation and making an impact across the Country despite diverse categories.

Budgit, according to her, is celebrating a decade of impacting issues on resource mobilization, budgeting, and service delivery from an empowered citizens’ perspective. Budgit is aimed at bringing power to the people. The strategy is to recognize those actors who are in the media, government, private sector, civil society who advocate an accountable, prosperous and efficient society.

She celebrated the nominees of the award and she advised them to continue to make the society great, and she recognized and appreciated the institutions and organizations for their spirit of nation building.

Winner of the award for Civic Activism, Mr Muazu Modu, said:  “I am really excited for having this award because this is my third time going for the final of an award for the last 12 months. The award will surely inspire me.”


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