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Gurara LGA Engagement

28th January 2022 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests: [Post/title, Name]

Lambata ward Councilor, His Royal Highness Dr. Atta

Izom Ward Party Chairman, Mr. Rabiu Muhd Damo

Yarima Lambata, Dr. Sha’ayau Shehu Mafara

Former ward councilor (Lambata), Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi

 

 

Summary of the Meeting

The town hall meeting aimed at getting to know happenings in the LG as a result of certain questions raised where citizens express themselves as regards some challenges faced in the LG. The platform also educates citizens on the constitutional roles of local government officials. 

 

Discussion with community citizens at the palace of Madakin Lambata

 

In his opening speech, the Madaki of Lambata Ward welcomed everyone present at the event and charged elected officials present to contribute their quarter to the betterment of the LG in order to lessen the hardship people are going through as a result of poor performance on the part of the electorates. He further emphasized the importance of trust, honesty, and modesty in governance, where he pointed out that our actions today will be judged in this life and hereafter. 

The CJ led a brainstorming session by asking the people to point out challenges encountered in the community.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting:

  • Poor supply of electricity over the past three months
  • Lack of intervention/ support to aid farmers in the farming process.
  • Need for prompt payment of teachers so as to encourage them to resume duties
  • Poor medical services received in the hospital due to inadequate supply of commodities and issues around payment
  • The Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and the primary schools in the local government area are in a very bad state.
  • Lack of well-graded feeder roads.

 

Resolution

  • The ward councilor promised to continue to work with the LG Chairman towards meeting some challenges raised.

 

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • Evidence to support some claim of allocation given to Local Government.

 

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Lavun LGA Engagement

26th January 2022 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests: [Post/title, Name]

Etsuyankpa / Village Head, Nasarafu Community, Alhaji Mohammed Aliyu

Dagachi of Nasarafu, Mall Mohammed Shehu

Chief Imam, Nasarafu Community, Sheik  Nasiru Umar

Party Chairman (APC), Mohammed Musa

 

Etsuyankpa (right) and DagachI (left) of Nasarafu Community in Lavun LGA during Community Engagement Meeting

Summary of the Meeting

The town hall meeting was aimed at educating the citizens on the importance of community engagement and constitutional roles of local government officials (political post holders). The meeting convened community members  from and around Nasarafu Community and provided an opportunity and forum for people to ask questions on matters that concerns them on a personal level and as well affect their community. Above all, the meeting aims to strengthen their capacities to advance government accountability at the local government level. 

The engagement started with an opening prayer said by the Imam of Nasarafu Community in Gaba Ward of Lavun Local Government. This was then immediately followed by the introduction of the citizen journalist (CJ) covering Lavun LGA and her supporting team. The Estuyankpa / Village Head of Nasarafu Community in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State – Alhaji Aliyu thereafter gave his welcome/opening remarks. In his remark, the Etsuyankpa after appreciating the CJ for her boldness to champion this course and welcoming all to the gathering enjoined all to feel free to contribute their own quota to the deliberation as it will go a long way to benefit not just their community but the entire residents of the local government area. 

CJ (right), Dagachi of Village Head (Centre) and Community Youth Leader (left)

Keynote address

This was given by the Party Chairman – Mohammed Musa at the gathering. In his address, he appreciated the CJ and the supporters of the programme and further relayed that the meeting will go a long way to helping executives to ascertain the immediate needs of the community and more importantly, strengthen accessibility. He thereafter urged the community members to freely air their views without fear about the current crop of executives before making a commitment on his part to relay all resolutions to the Ward Counsellor and other party members both in the ward and the LGA 

 

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • The local government officials do not consult the citizens before preparing the budget.
  • No dividends of democracy were achieved in the LGA/ward.
  • The Executives are not transparent and are underperforming.
  • The local government officials do not play an open door policy in relating with citizens.
  • Wards are represented by incompetent leaders, which leads to underperformance.

 

Cross section of Participants during Community Engagement Meeting in Nasarafu Community

Resolution

  • The citizens of Nasarfu agreed to get rid of money sharing politics and henceforth select leaders on merit and integrity.
  • Community members agreed to institute community engagement meetings with members intermittently going forward.
  • Members to meet with ward executives and have a meeting with the Ward Counsellor
  • Ward will send a letter to the LGA for the renovation of the PHC Nasarafu as well as other meaningful projects in the community including borehole drilling and classroom renovations.
  • The Village Head of Nasarafu promises to relay the concept of EiE Nigeria with his counterpart (Etsuyankpas) in the ward.

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • Elites / Important dignitaries who are  knowledgeable will be invited in any future engagement
  • There will be an arrangement for more conducive venue and a microphone for proper communication

 

Cross section of Women Group during Community Engagement Meeting in Nasarafu Community

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Shiroro LGA Engagement

27th January 2022 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests: Mai Ungwa, Salihu Jagaba Kuta

Councillor Bangagiya Ward, Kuta, Hon. Gambo Ahmed

 

One of the Community Leaders Anchoring the Community Meeting

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 their lives directly, strengthening the capacity of citizens to advance government accountability at the local government level. 

 

Arrival of Participants and Registration

Dignitaries present in the meeting were recognised and participants were registered.

 



Opening Prayer

The opening prayer was said by the community Islamic leader, Mallam Yusuf Usman.

 

Welcome Address 

The welcome address was delivered by the community leader, Alhaji Salihu Jagaba Kuta. In his address, he welcomed the religious leaders, the Bangajiya Ward Council, citizen journalists, and the entire community members. He particularly thanked the sponsors of myLGA project for organising the community hall meeting and appreciated the community delegates and the entire participants for coming. He urged participants to freely express themselves and make meaningful contributions to the meeting.

 

The Purpose of the Gathering

One of the leaders of the community, Mal Gambo Abdullahi anchored the meeting. He explained that the objective of the meeting is to discuss some of the challenges facing the community and to brainstorm better ways to address them.

 

Keynote Address

The Honourable Councillor representing Bangajiya ward, Hon. Gambo Ahmed gave the keynote address. In his speech, he thanked myLGA for organising this meeting and urged the participants to discuss solutions to the challenges confronting Shiroro LGA.

The Bangajiya Councilor giving the Key Note Address

Challenges in the LGA

The community members outlined the major challenges that they encounter in the LGA, some of which include:

  • The worsening security issue in Shiroro LG and the deactivation of the mobile network.
  • The urgent attention that needs to be given to some of the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and the primary schools in the LGA.
  • Lack of potable water in the LGA, most especially in the Bangajiya ward in Kuta.
  • Lack of government support for the small-scale business owners (youths and women).

Next Step

To offer possible solutions to the challenges outlined, a five-person committee including women and youths representatives was appointed to write a letter to the LG Chairman informing him of the challenges identified and follow up to ensure the issues are resolved. 

Committee Members 

  • Abdullahi Kasim 
  • Mall Audu 
  • Amina Salihu 
  • Hannatu Abass
  • Danladi Gado

Closing Remarks

The closing remark was delivered by the women leader, Amina Salihu. In her remark, she appreciated myLGA project sponsors for organising the forum and encouraged the committee members to do their best to present the challenges identified to the appropriate agency and the concerned authority for solutions. Thereafter the meeting was brought to a close with a prayer said by the Christian leader in the community.

The Participants giving their Contributions

Refreshment and Departure

Refreshments were served and thereafter the meeting was brought to a close with a closing prayer said by the Christian leader.

During the Refreshment

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Paiko LGA Engagement

January 2022 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests: Community Leader, Shuaibu Ibrahim

Youth Leader, Alhaji Abubakar Adamu Labaran

Women leader; Amina Abdulazeez

Religious Leader, Alhaji Babayaro

 

Summary of the Meeting

The town hall meeting was aimed at sensitising the residents of the local government communities on how to improve on their relationship with their elected executives in order to promote the development of their communities. This entailed exposing them to the right ways to engage the right agencies on the community needs such as more schools, water, and good roads. Other major point of discussion was how to get access to the local government officials.

 

One of the raised concerns of the community members is the unmet expectation of the local government in providing an enabling environment for both educated and uneducated people in the community.

 

In his speech, Alhaji Shuaibu Ibrahim, the community leader, urged participants to think of how they can contribute to the betterment of the country rather than always thinking of what the country can do for them. He emphasised the importance of trust, honesty, and modesty in governance, enjoining citizens to elect leaders who are known to be fair and just. 

 

Alhaji Abubakar Adamu, the Youth Leader, further cautioned the people to stop overburdening the local government officials on issues outside the constitutional provision of their roles and responsibilities. He emphasised that the government alone at all levels cannot provide all that the citizens require from it without citizens’ active participation in good governance. 

 

During the meeting, the woman leader, Hajjia Amina Abdulazeez, urged the women in the community to embrace hope and give room for development in the community.

 

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • The local government officials do not care about their community.
  • No school, road, or health centre in the community
  • The local government officials are hostile in their engagement with the community members.

 

Resolution

  • It was agreed that there will be a meeting between the community leader and the local government chairman
  • The community leader promised to work with the NGO in order to foster development in the community.

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • The meeting participants should be adequately rewarded.
  • The meeting should address cogent issues that can effect instant change in the community.

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Bosso LGA Engagement

23rd January 2022 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests: Gunduman Bosso, Aliyu Abubakar

Community leader, Tudun Fulani Gabas, Abdullahi Mohammed

Women leader; Hajiya Larai Yakubu

Councilor Representing Bosso Central II, Hon. Abdulrasheed Abdulrahman

 

Summary of the Meeting

The town hall meeting was aimed at educating the citizens on the constitutional roles of local government officials. The meeting is also to provide 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. 

 

During the meeting at Emir palace Bosso, the Gunduman Bosso, Mal. Aliyu Abubakar welcomed everyone present during the meeting. He told  the community members that the meeting is basically to enlighten them on the roles their LGA officials are supposed to play in the community. The Gunduma also urged them not to challenge anyone, they should ask their questions and also  think of how they can contribute to the betterment of the LGA. 

 

Mal Aliyu Abubakar of Bosso central II, Niger state,  reassured the people that the councilor representing their ward is on his way to the venue of the meeting, he advised them not to challenge him or  anyone at the cause of the  meeting. He emphasized that everyone is entitled to his/her opinion and they should make their suggestions politely.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • The citizens don’t see their LGA officials after they have been elected to power.
  • Bosso central II are lacking water. This is a serious issue they are facing in their ward/community
  • The LGA officials have never engaged the community members in a meeting (Town Hall meeting)

 

Resolution

  • The councilor representing Bosso central II promised to table the issues of water to the local government Chairman and engage him on other issues raised by the citizens.

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • Nose mask should be made available for the meeting so as to observe covid19 protocols
  • There should be a certain amount to be given to the mobilizer of the meeting

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BIDA LGA ENGAGEMENT

28th January 2022 | 1st Talata Marafa Town Hall Meeting | Talata Marafa Local Government Secretariat Chamber

Special Guests:  Secretary to Mayakin Nupe, Mall Ladan Mohammed

Chief Imam; Mayaki Ndajiya, Mall Abdullahi Mohammed

Former State Youth Leader; Youth Stakeholder, Dauda Usman

Community Vigilante, Alh Ladan Saidu

Mall Dauda Usman presenting a keynote address during community engagement meeting in Mayaki Ndajiya Community in Bida LGA

Summary of the Meeting

The town hall meeting was aimed at educating the citizens on the constitutional roles of local government officials (political office holders). The meeting convened community members in Mayaki Ndajiya Community in Bida Local Government Area of Niger State and in the long run, it provided a platform for people to ask questions on matters that not only affect them but also affects their community. Above all, it strengthened the capacity of citizens to advance government accountability at the local government level. 

Community Imam Leading the Opening Prayers during the community engagement meeting

The meeting proceedings started with an opening prayer by the Community Imam – Mallam Abdullahi Mohammed

This was followed by a welcome remark by the Community Leader – Mayakin Nupe of Efu Mayaki Ndajiya Community in Bida Local Government Area of Niger State, who was ably represented by his Secretary, Mall Ladan Mohammed. Mall Ladan Mohammed in his opening remark appreciated all the community members for turning out to be part of this engagement in spite of the short notice. He further extended his appreciation to Mall Dauda Usman – one of the stakeholders in the Meeting for his tremendous contribution to the community. He relayed that Mallam Dauda Usman has been steadfast in the community by regularly bringing meaningful and developmental initiatives to the community. He then capped up his salutation by appreciating the supporters of the project and expressing optimism that this engagement will be fruitful. The Secretary after conveying the message of the Mayakin Nupe urged participants to think of how they can contribute to the betterment of the LGA and the State rather than relying solely on what the state can do for them. He emphasised the importance of trust, honesty, and modesty in governance, enjoining citizens to elect leaders who are known to be fair and just.

From Left, Imam of Mayaki Ndajiya Community, Secretary to Mayakin Nupe (Community Head) and CJ covering Bida

On the purpose of the meeting, the CJ covering Bida LGA – Mall Shehu Ahmed Baba relayed the objective of the programme to the participants and the essence of the meeting. In his submission, he stated that the project titled #MyLGA, led by Enough Is Enough Nigeria (EiENigeria) and co-ordinated by the Initiative for Social Development in Africa (iSODAF) is aimed at bringing governance closer to the community/citizens, promoting transparency, accountability, and responsiveness in local government administration. He also shared that the idea for this intervention came when it was discovered that the majority of citizens were unaware of the names of their representatives, what is expected of the local administrators and above all, the challenge citizens encounter in having access to local executives. 

Secretary to Mayakin Nupe of mayaki Ndajiya Community in Bida Local Government

The keynote address was given by the Former State Youth Leader who is currently a principal stakeholder in Niger State Youth Council and an advocate and vanguard for Youth – Mall Dauda Usman. In his keynote address, he stated that the empowerment programme directly impacted more than 300 youths including women’s reproductive health in Bida Emirate Council of Niger State. He further added that this led to his conviction that the current project will of course be of tremendous support to not just the Community and the LGA but the State and the nation at large. He urged participants to be attentive and contribute meaningfully to the deliberation. He concluded his keynote address by reiterating that the programme is specifically on elected representatives  at the LGA level – the Counsellors and Chairman of the LGA

One of the participants asking question during community engagement meeting In Bida LGA

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • Local Government officials do not conduct need assessment before undertaking any project in the community nor do they consult the citizens before preparing the budget.
  • Majority of the LGA Executives, specifically Counsellors are not well educated and this affects their performance
  • LGA officials do not play open door policy with the citizens that elect them to power.
  • Electorates (Citizens) desire for money during the electioneering process grossly affects the selection of credible candidates.
  • Selection of party flag bearers by delegates often leads to fielding unpopular and incompetent candidates across all parties.
  • The Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and the schools in the ward are in a very bad state. Aboveall, there are no meaningful projects in the community.
Cross section of women during the community engagement meeting in Mayaki Ndajiya Community

Resolution

  • The citizens of Mayaki Ndajiya agreed to revitalise their community engagement meetings by holding them regularly.
  • The community will to set up fresh committees to represent the community and interphase with LGA officials for the community
  • The Committee will write a letter to the Ward Counsellor and the Local Government Chairman informing him of the dilapidated structures in the community
  • The  community will have meeting at intervals with the Ward Counsellor
  • The community members delegated Mall Dauda to help collect phone numbers of the ward counsellor and the LGA Chairman.
Cross section of Youth Group during Community Engagement In Mayaki Ndajiya Community

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • The need for adequate time for question and answer sessions will be considered in future meetings
  • Forums for interphase between citizens with local government executives will be considered in future community engagement.
  • There will be an arrangement for a conducive venue for subsequent engagement meetings.
Bida LGA CJ presenting meeting objectives during the engagement meeting in Bida LGA

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Town Hall Meeting on Voters’ Sensitisation, Ilaje

STATE ONDO
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ILAJE
CITIZEN JOURNALIST OLOWOFOYEKUN  GLORY
DATE 30/03/2022

 

Special Guests

NAME TITLE
Jenyo Motunrayo Student Union Leader Ilaje Student Association, Ondo State School of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State.

 

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.

The issues discussed includes youth restiveness and the level of youth unemployment in the community. The youths decried the high level of insecurity in their various communities due to high militancy activities and cultism. He said most of their youths have resolved to be members of cult groups as a way of life, thereby wasting their lives in rival gangs.

The youths also decriedlife the irregularities of the scholarship/bursary award given to youth from their region which was previously enjoyed and encouraged them to embrace education as most of their parent cannot afford the high cost of education.  They only hear about money awarded but don’t see any development. The meeting was an interactive session where all present felt free to express their viewpoint.

In conclusion, the community journalist encouraged all to participate fully in the ongoing voter registration to register and get their PVC. He said this is their power to choose leaders that will represent their interests well. They were told to shun vote-selling and choose wisely in the next general elections.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • The local government officials are not accessible to the people.

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.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.

                                                                             

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Town Hall Meeting on Voters’ Sensitisation

STATE

ONDO

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

OSE

CITIZEN JOURNALIST

JIMOH BANKOLE

DATE

21/03/2022

 

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.  

This month’s meeting was used to sensitize, educate and mobilize the citizenry to take advantage of the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) Exercise to register, update and collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC). The citizen journalist gave a breakdown analysis of how to go about the registration and the age that is eligible to partake in the exercise, his further explanation includes how to recover a lost card, damaged card, and cases of card transfer for relocation purposes. The CJ advised the residents to use the opportunity of the CVR devolution to the ward levels to register for their PVC. The CJ further discussed the importance of PVC as the power the citizens wield to determine who will pilot the leadership of the state through the ballot box. The citizens were discouraged from selling their PVCs or being paid to vote for a certain politician during elections. The people were very happy to hear these messages and pledged their support in positively contributing democratic process. They also vow to register for PVC and obtain their card.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • Lack of basic provisions for retired people, 
  • lack of potable water,
  • Poor electricity supply
  • Women that work on farms suffered the invasion of Fulani Herdsmen

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 resorted to working cooperatively with the men of the Amotekun and vigilante squad in the various communities.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

                                                                                         

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Town Hall Meeting on Voters’ Sensitisation, Okitipupa

STATE

ONDO

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

OKITIPUPA

CITIZEN JOURNALIST

Ayejuni Tony

DATE

28/03/2022

 

Special Guests

NAME

TITLE

High Chief Egbukuyomi

High Chief

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.  The meeting had in attendance High Chief Egbukuyomi representing the Bale of the community and other youths from ward 6, issues discussed include youth restiveness and gainful employment for the youth. The high chief decried the high level of insecurity in their community due to heightened militancy activities and cultism. He said most of their youths have resolved to cultism as a way of life thereby wasting their lives to rival gangs.

The youth also decried the irregularities of the scholarship/bursary award given to youth from their region which was previously enjoyed and encouraged them to embrace education as most of their parent cannot afford the high cost of education. The chief also calls for the development of road walkways on the riverine communities and street lights. He said these are the work of the local government but they hardly can find the support that the local government is rendering to their communities. He said most of the community projects are self-help projects done by the people in the communities. They only hear about money awarded to the government for community projects but no execution has been experienced over time. The meeting was a participatory interactive session where all present felt free to express their mind.

In conclusion, the community journalist encourages all to participate fully in the ongoing voter’s education and ensure they learn how to go about registering and getting their PVC. He stated that the PVC is the absolute power the citizens wield to choose leaders that will represent them. They were encouraged to shun vote-buying and choose wisely in the next general elections.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • Voters’ registration 
  • Community development project
  • Scholarship/ Bursary award

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.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

                               

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Town Hall Meeting on Voters’ Sensitisation, Akoko North East

 

STATE

ONDO

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

AKOKO NORTH EAST

CITIZEN JOURNALIST

ADAMS SURAJUDEEN  ABIODUN

DATE

25/03/2022

Summary of the Meeting

The town hall meeting was aimed at educating the citizens on the continuous voters’ registration exercise. 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.  The meeting was held at the Ikare ward with youth representatives from the ward.

The youth were made to realize that the majority of them lack the spirit of participation in the electoral process, most especially when it comes to PVC registration, collection, and voting. The community journalist made them realize that for effective leadership, the youth must be actively involved in the electoral process. The youth lamented the high rate of unemployment and social support as the reasons for being unmotivated in the electoral process. One of the ladies outcried the high level of prostitution among ladies due to unemployment. She said they have lost faith in the political leaders. The youth were made to understand that collectively we can make a change through our active participation in governance, especially at the grassroots. They were also informed about the INEC Continuous Voters’ Registration, which has been brought to the ward level to promote easy access and maximum participation by our people at the grassroots level.

In conclusion, the youths in attendance resolved to register and get their PVC while they were informed of the dangers of vote-buying and involvement in electoral violence, as these could mar their future. The youth applauded the initiative of EiE and pledged to always be ready to volunteer in their future programs in Akoko-North-East L.G.A.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • High rate of unemployment
  • Poor road network
  • Increase in crime rate
  • Bad leadership system.

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 youth are eager to participate in the electoral process by registering for PVC and making sure they vote when it is election time.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

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