ANEEJ TAKES PROPERTI TRACKA TO SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK LAGOS

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                                                                  Friday  March 2, 2018.

Technology without human beings is nothing. But human beings with technology, everything is happening, the good and the bad. On the bad side, Nigerians use technology to steal from the public purse and stash the monies abroad in safe havens. Some devise ways and means to legitimize this stolen wealth by disguising such wealth in property bought locally and abroad. Property bought by Nigerians abroad are facing the scrutiny of the UK’s Unexplained Wealth Orders, UWO. In Nigeria, even though government wants those who have acquired property legitimately or illegitimately but who don’t pay a tax on those property to exploit its Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme, VAIDS, significant responses have not been recorded. But there are still many property, land et all, illegitimately gotten, belonging to politically exposed persons and civil servants dotting our social stratosphere.

The hub of ANEEJ Properti Tracka, aka ekwakwa tracka

On the good side, enter Properti Tracka aka Ekwakwa Tracka, an ANEEJ platform to be built to tackle corruption by improving transparency in the acquisition of property in Nigeria. It will focus on creating an online platform nearly in the mode of the Ushahidi, to map and share information on property ownership by politically exposed persons and civil servants.

Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku, manager communications at the SMW with ANEEJ Properti Tracka

To do this, ANEEJ will train CSOs and Journalists on the issues of beneficial ownership and an understanding of how institutions like the Abuja Geographical Information Systems, AGIS, The Federal Capital Development Area, FCDA, and the Federal Inland Revenue Services, FIRS, run.

Panelists Seun Onigbinde, Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku & Dr. Okon Udy, at the SMW on technology & governance

Thereafter, these trained CSOs will be the boots on ground to verify whatever information we get before they are uploaded on the Properti Tracka, and used to engage the Anti-Corruption Agencies like the EFCC & ICPC and to work towards resolving all the lacunas in the policies and laws which govern property acquisition in Nigeria. Ultimately, this is expected to lead to an asset recovery management institution. The pilot phase will be on three highbrow Abuja districts, Maitama, Abuja and Wuse. 

Left to Right: Officials of the US Consulate, Peter Obi, former Anambra state governor, Charles Abani and Obi Asika at the SMW in Lagos

On Thursday, March 1, ANEEJ used the opportunity of the Social Media Week, SMW, to discuss the Properti Tracka, in Lagos Nigeria.

 

Left to Right: Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku, discussing ANEEJ Properti Tracka while Dr. Udy Okon and Charles Abani listen with rapt attention

Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku, Communications Manager, ANEEJ, represented the Executive Director, the Rev David Ugolor who was presiding over a crucial meeting on the PIB with host communities and journalists in PortHarcourt, Nigeria.

Charles Abani with Panelists Seun Onigbinde of BudGit, Bob MajiriOghene     Etemiku of ANEEJ and Udy Okon of Youth Alive Foundation

On the Panel to discuss Technology & Improving Governance at the SMW, moderated by Charles Abani, Chief of Party of Chemonics, Nigeria were Seun Onigbinde, Lead Partner BudGit, Dr. Udy Okon of Youth Alive Foundation, YAF and ANEEJ’s Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku. An array of Nigeria’s Silicon Valley crème-de-la-crème like Obi Asika, Peter Obi (former Anambra State Governor), were in attendance. Other sessions included a Skype discussion with Mahmood Yakubu, INEC Chairman, and another – Using Film and Social Media to influence Public discourse & Engagement.

 

INEC Chairperson Mahmood Yakubu with the SMW via Skype

The programme was put together by the USAID, EiE and organisers of the SMW.

 

 

 

 

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