The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Bernhard Schlagheck has charged Journalists and Non-Governmental Organizations in Imo State to increase their advocacy and awareness on good governance.
Speaking when he visited the office of the Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) in Owerri, Imo state on July26, 2017, Schlagheck noted that there is need to begin to ensure that good governance which will bring change of economic situation in the state and the entire southeast, stressing that when he visited the Governor of Enugu state, Ugwuanyi, he saw massive real developmental projects going on in the state. He said he came to Imo to study the governance narratives, with aim of making improvement.
In his comments, the Executive Director of CCIDESOR, Obidi Mgbemena commended the Envoy for coming to the office, while assuring that CCIDESOR is known for advocating for good governance, adding that it will not relent on its effort of sensitizing the citizens on their rights of governance. He hinted that CCIDESOR is into governance, human rights protection among other development issues
In his contribution, the state coordinator of Publish What You Pay, Chris Okororie hinted that the civil society organizations in the state are doing their best to ensure that there is good governance, especially that there is call for open budget in the state which will in turn drive development to the rural areas.
The Convener of Coalition of Journalists Against Corruption (COJAC), Chigozie Uzosike who was part of the meeting hinted that journalists in the state are doing very well in their reportage of good governance, while revealing the welfare package of journalists needs to be looked into to enable them do their job effectively. Uzosike promised the German Ambassador of good governance partnership.