The Programs Director, of CCIDESOR, Chidi Igwe has said that the essence as always of establishing Citizens Accountability Assembly is a selfless assembly born to pilot advocacy for accountability in every level of government in the LGA. The Assembly would serve as a voice to the voiceless; shall ask relevant questions about the completion of uncompleted/abandoned projects which might/have become social/environmental hazard in their various forms of dilapidation and abandonment. He also added that the activities of this assembly shall raise a standard against every intending abuse of public office, funds, or projects.
Identifying with Chidi Igwe’s speech, Mr. Ben Anyanwu (CCIDESOR Partner and Convener of Ngor-Okpala Accountability Assembly) added that CCIDESOR had come to the LGA following the training of some people on accountability and economic literacy (by CCIDESOR), to inaugurate and empower them to softly pressure Govt. and to deliver democracy dividends.
He admonished them to ignore the antics of politicians who would always cook lies and serve them fresh during political campaigns, only to shut their doors after winning elections. He also pointed out that the LGA does not receive their own share of democracy dividends due to the painful fact that there is no one to speak out or ask the right questions, but embraced the potential hope in the new Assembly that would certainly bring the overdue positive change.
Mr. Leo Kanu, the P.G Eziama Autonomous Community Ngor-Okpala noted that it would be impossible to know the state budget since there is no access to such a sensitive document. It is from the contents of the state budget that the assembly will know the rightful allocation of Ngor-Okpala before commencing advocacy. Secondly, he asked to be clarified about the legitimacy of the Assembly considering the nature of their activities? Chidi Igwe (of CCIDESOR) reassured him that CCIDESOR would always make ready such sensitive documents to her partners. He additional clarified him on the legitimacy confusion stating that, “the nativity of the assembly members automatically makes legitimate their activities. (The Assembly Members are meant to be from the same local government (Ngor-Okpala), and are programmed to carryout advocacy within the LGA alone.)
CCIDESOR was on hand with several other Civil Society Organizations to share her experiences and success stories, having been one of the beneficiaries of the PIND CAPABLE training since 2015.
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.
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