An international nongovernmental organization involved in tracking government spendings in grassroot communities, Connected Development (CODE) says it has identified two unreported projects in Central Nigeria.

CODE through its Nigerian Follow The Money project says the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funded projects in Langtang North and Qua'anpan Local Government Areas of Plateau State could be used to siphon public funds having been kept from the knowledge of local authorities.

"We know how corruption thrives in this country.

"Imagine that even the UBEC officials, Education Secretaries and other LGA officials and the communities are not aware of the projects.

"Someone can easily pocket the money and lie that they have been executed without a question," Mr. Chambers Umezulike said, Thursday.

Mr. Umezulike, Senior Program manager of Follow the Money, CODE said his organization was working to ensure that the projects which include classroom block construction in Langtang North and school furniture supply in Qua'anpan Local Government Areas respectively are executed to the latter as part of citizens' rights having been appropriated for by the Federal Government.

Although implementation has not commenced due to earlier delays in the 2018 appropriation process, the group has commenced town hall meetings to enlighten key stakeholders on the existence of the projects and their duties in ensuring their full execution, he said.

One of such was a meeting of community leaders, UBEC representatives, school based monitoring teams and local government representatives among others, held in Jos, the Plateau State capital, Thursday.

The program according to Umezulike specifically aimed to empower citizens with information on who to followup with and ask questions in case of a default in the execution of the projects.

The key goal for the organization according to the country official is to ensure transparency in governance and to ensure poverty eradication.

"To eradicate poverty and ensure development, to ensure that our kids learn in schools, as citizens, we have a role to play," he said.

"We are much more interested in grassroots development and this engagement is a way to get core stakeholders involved in driving development as it's not just government's but a collaborated job," the Plateau State Lead for Follow the Money project of CODE, Mr. Preston Obadan added.