In a bid to deepen development across the Niger Delta and to ensure that Civil Society Organizations working in the area are encouraged to do their developmental work, the Partnership Initiative for Niger Delta (PIND) has awarded CCIDESOR with high performance Laptop and Canon Still/Motion Camera.
CCIDESOR also received through its Program Officer, Anita Udeh DXO Photo Editing Software for effective story telling and Quickbooks Accounting software for easy accounts reporting. PIND under the Capable Challenge Fund project alongside CCIDESOR, also empowered about 11 other CSOs/NGOs in Niger Delta.
In her speech, the PIND Field Operative Manager, Florence Agbejune called on the CSOs/NGOs to make good use of the materials effectively. She said PIND will be visiting the organizations to know the state of the materials.
The Board, Management and Staff of CCIDESOR have thanked PIND Foundation for the donation and assured it that CCIDESOR will use the equipment effectively and contribute to the development and good governance in Niger Delta and Nigeria at large.
The Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights, CCIDESOR has set out to carry out third round of abandoned project monitoring to ascertain their level of completion.
The first level of abandoned project monitoring/mapping which was done in 2014 had about 121 capital projects mapped by 129 partners across six local governments of Obowo, Ahiazu Mbaise, Isiala Mbano, Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta and Ngor Okpala spanning through the three senatorial zones of the State around Health and Education.
The Executive Director of CCIDESOR, Obidi Mgbemena noted that a review of number of projects identified as abandoned for an up ward of three years from 2010 to 2014, revealed that about 121 capital projects were mapped, adding that out of the 121 capital projects, 32 were completed without quality, 51 projects were ongoing/uncompleted, while 34 projects were abandoned. He hinted that about 4 projects were not identified nor started as at 2014.
He noted that the third round will ascertain the level of completion especially that the current government is coming to an end, adding that reassessment will enable the organization know which areas need more campaign for completion. He decried the level of projects sprouting up without completion and urged that the current government puts more effort in that direction.
The ailing Nigeria democracy will bounce back if the clinical solution proffered by the Civil Society Organizations is anything to go by.
Speaking the Executive Director of Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights, CCIDESOR, Obidi Mgbemena noted that there is need to critically analyze and address the ailing democratic practice in the country, especially in the South-East with a view to making it work.
He posited the democracy clinic being championed by CCIDESOR across the southeast serves as an avenue to expose the bad democratic conditions, and put heads together to bring effective ideas for a better and healthy society.
He spoke further on the need for citizens to be interested on how the state funds are utilized, and always demand for transparency and accountability. Mgbemena stressed on the importance of economic literacy as a stepping stone towards economic growth. He also stated that the fundamental problem is that the little funds allocated to the south-east is being mismanaged by our public officers.
He stated that it is an obligation on the part of the government to protect and promote the rights of every citizen. He therefore insisted that citizens should never hesitate to voice their concerns when these conditions are not met. He encouraged all to always try to have access to the budget, so as to know what to expect from the administration.
In a bid to ensure that open budget is entrenched deeply across the southeast zone of Nigeria, the Citizens Centers for Integrated Development and Social Rights, CCIDESOR, is out to set up Open Budget Multi-Stakeholders Platform that will engender good governance.
This is coming from the heels of the need to partner with all stakeholders to make for statutory public policy on open budget process, procedures and participation in the states.
This platform will in a more friendly but proactive consistent manner work with all relevant stakeholders from the government, House of Assembly, CSOs, Police, Civil Defence, military, traditional institutions, Town Unions leaders, community leaders, the budget commission/ministry, media to drive the ingredient of development (budget) to the rural communities.
According to the Program Director of CCIDESOR, Barr. Chidi Igwe noted that the process of constituting membership of the platform will begin from embarking on advocacy visits to the relevant bodies, including advocacy briefs among others. This move according to the Program Director will add impetus to the already Citizens Accountability Assembly model, CAA working as a coalition around accountability, transparency and participation of budget process.
“This will ensure that there is a wholistic, all inclusive platform that will cause a societal change using the budget as ‘Game- changer’ for a better development of the southeast states and Nigeria at large”.
As the 2019 election draws near, politicians have been urged to concentrate their campaigns around issues and not personal attacks that do not lead healthy political environment.
The executive director of CCIDESOR, Obidi Mgbemena called on the politicians to be issue-based in campaigns, especially talking about issues of good governance, accountability and transparency and how they will carry citizens along in the policies.
He charged citizens to document campaign promises made around good governance components against personal and selfish promises that will not draw development to the communities.
CCIDESOR therefore charges Imo state aspirants to base their campaign around how much their emergence will ensure good governance in the state. the internationally recognized civil society organization, CCIDESOR posited that once campaign is articulated around ensuring open budget, which gives birth to accountability, transparency and citizens participation, the political space will be more issue-based competitive than what obtains, where personal attacks veer politicians off the real issues of development.
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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