Town Hall Meeting on Citizens’ Engagement with Local Government

STATE

ONDO

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

AKOKO NORTH EAST

CITIZEN JOURNALIST

ADAMS SURAJUDEEN  ABIODUN

DATE

13/02/2022

Summary of the Meeting

The town hall meeting was aimed at educating the citizens on the constitutional roles of local government officials. The meeting also provided a platform for people to ask questions on matters that affect them, strengthening the capacity of citizens to advance government accountability at the local government level. 

In the declarative speech of Mr. Adams Surajudeen Abiodun; the citizen journalist representing Akoko North-East local government, he urged participants to think of how they can contribute to the growth and development of their community through active participation in governance issues. He emphasized the importance of trust, honesty, and modesty in governance, enjoining citizens to elect leaders who are known to be fair and just. The CJ also expressed regrets over the prevailing insecurity, which compelled the members of the affected community to resort to self-help by encouraging the youths to go after the kidnappers in the forests to save the communities from the recurrence of kidnapping cases. This was as a result of inadequate security personnel in the community.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • The local government officials are not accessible to the people.
  • The Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and the primary schools in the local government area are in a very bad state.
  • The local government officials are hostile in their engagement with the citizens.
  • The high rate of invasion by Fulani Herdsmen on farmland.

Resolution

  • The citizens agreed to continue to use the various opportunities available to engage the local government and councilors to express their grievances to the government.
  • The citizens resort to working cooperatively with the men of the Amotekun and Vigilante squads in the various communities.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

                                                                                           

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