Category: Ondo

OSE LGA Engagement (March 2022)

21st March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests:

Citizen Journalist: Jimoh Bankole

 

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 men of the Amotekun and Vigilante squad in the various communities.

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • We should create more time for the question and answer season during the town hall meetings.
  • Working more with community institutions such as churches, mosques, traditional leaders, and other opinion groups will help in providing lasting solutions to national issues.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

                                                                                         

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OKITIPUPA LGA Engagement (March 2022)

28th March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests:

OSE LGA High Chief: High Chief Egbukuyom: 

Citizen Journalist: Ayejuni Tony

 

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 high 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.

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • Working more with community institutions such as churches, mosques, traditional leaders, and other opinion groups will help in providing solutions to national issues.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

                               

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AKOKO NORTH EAST LGA Engagement (March 2022)

25nd March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests: [Post/title, Name]

CITIZEN JOURNALIST, ADAMS SURAJUDEEN ABIODUN

TOWN HALL NUMBER: 01

MALE PARTICIPANTS: 12

FEMALE PARTICIPANTS: 8

TOTAL PARTICIPANTS: 20

 

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 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 reason 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 most 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 mare

their future. The youth applauded the initiative of EiE and pledge 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.

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • Working more with community institutions such as churches, mosques, traditional leaders, and other opinion groups will help in creating lasting solutions to national issues.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

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Akure North LGA Engagement (March 2022)

24th March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests:

Citizen Journalist: Abidakun Samuel Akindele

 

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 was held with youths from Akure North local government area during their meeting time. The various issues discussed include continuous voters’ registration exercise. The youth were made to understand that only a few Ondo state youth participate in the last general elections and at the moment majority have not registered for PVC and that is not too good for the State. The youth decried the lack of trust in the political system which demotivated their participation in the democratic process.

 

In conclusion, they were being encouraged to register and collect their PVC to enable them to choose wisely who will lead them for the next four years. The youth agreed to register and collect their PVC and vote.

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Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • Poor leadership and representation.

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.

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • Working more with community institutions such as churches, mosques, traditional leaders, and other opinion groups will help in providing lasting solutions to national issues.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

                                                                                         

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OWO LGA Engagement (March 2022)

24th March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests:

Citizen Journalist: Alamudun  Busola

 

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 was had in attendance the women representatives from the church, mosque, and interested community members. The women commented about the lack of drugs, equipment and shortage of personnel at the basic health centres and primary healthcare centres in the local government most especially in the rural settlements. The issue of insecurity among women farmers was also raised and pleaded with the local government chairman to come to their aid as many could no longer go to their farms for work and harvest anymore. 

In conclusion, the community journalist encourages the women to register and get their PVC so as to be able to vote in the forthcoming election where new leaders will be selected to represent them. He also told them to use their various unit to promote peace and demand accountability and transparency in governance at the local government level. The women appreciated the initiative and requested more of such forums to enable them to articulate their voices.

 

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 high rate of invasion by Fulani herdsmen on their 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 men of the Amotekun and Vigilante squad in the various communities.

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • Working more with community institutions such as churches, mosques, traditional leaders, and other opinion groups will help in providing lasting solutions to national issues.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

                                                                                         

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Ondo East LGA Engagement (March 2022)

23rd March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests:

Citizen Journalist: Akinagbe Richard

Mr. Olleyelogun Ogungbede: Chairman Ondo East Artisan Association

 

  • 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 youths from ward 3 in Ondo East L.G.A. The issues discussed include Continuous Voters’ Registration Exercise, youth empowerment, and the high rate of poverty prevalence in the local government due to unemployment.

    The youth lamented being marginalized from the Ondo State scholarship/bursary whereas they benefit maximally from it in the previous administration. The youth decried the high rate of poverty in their community due to the high cost of living and unemployment. Most of their girls are into prostitution for them to make ends meet.


    In conclusion, the community journalist encouraged the youth to take advantage of the CVR ward devolution to register for their PVC at their respective wards so as to enable them to partake in the next election and vote for the right choice that will represent their interest well. He also encouraged them to engage with their representative and have information about developmental projects initiated in their local government by the federal, state, and local governments, this will help in promoting accountability, transparency, and honesty in governance. The youth resolved to register and collect their PVC for them to be able to vote out the bad representation they are experiencing now.


    Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

    • Lack of good roads. 
    • Lack of potable water.
    • Poor electricity supply.

     

    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.

    Lessons for Future Engagements

    • Working more with community institutions such as churches, mosques, traditional leaders, and other opinion groups will help in providing lasting solutions to national issues.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

                                                                                         

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IRELE LGA Engagement (March 2022)

21st March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests:

Citizen Journalist: Olowodasa Oluwafunminiyi Joshua

 

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 men and women from Braham Camp in Irele. Issues discussed include poor electricity power supply due to warn-out transformers. They complained that most communities within the local government suffer poor power supply. The landlord association had done its best but intervention from the government is very essential. They said many now resort to generators to run their businesses which is affecting the growth of many businesses because of the high cost of fuel.

 

The people also lamented that there is no good road in Irele local government. During the rainy season, the farm road is very bad and not motorable which makes it difficult for them to transport their products from the farm to market. The issue of insecurity was also discussed as a major challenge due to herdsmen’s invasion of their forest. The women could no longer carry out their farm activities as they do before and this as a serious negative effect on their survival.

 

In conclusion, the citizen journalist encouraged all to take advantage of the voters’ registration to register and get their PVC to enable them to vote for the candidate that will represent them properly. The participant also lauded the impact of this project as it gives them the opportunity to discuss matters that are important to them and pledged to always support the initiative.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • Bad road network
  • Insecurity
  • Poor power supply.

 

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.

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • Working more with community institutions such as churches, mosques, traditional leaders, and other opinion groups will help in providing lasting solutions to national issues.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

                                                                                       

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IDANRE LGA Engagement (March 2022)

21st March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests:

Adewoleoye Abimbola: Councilor Ward 4

Akinnaso Ige: Councilor Ward 5

High Chief Apostle Olusotoye:  Community Leader

Citizen Journalist: Ayokunle Henry

 

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 was held in ward 4 of the local government with the presence of Hon. Adewoleoye Abimbola and Hon. Akinnaso as the councilors representing ward 4 and ward 5 respectively. The occasion was also graced with the presence of the High Chief Apostle Olusotoye and women leaders in the ward. The community journalist used the opportunity of the presence of these stakeholders to present major issues around local government development. He also raised concern about the status of youth participation in the continuous voters’ registration and stated the need to address the dilapidated condition of structures and amenities in secondary and primary schools at the local government.

 

The women at the meeting complained about the risk their children pass through in crossing the expressway to go to school which makes most parents withdraw their wards from government schools and enrolled them in private schools. The women also lamented the non-availability of health facilities and shortage of staff at the health centre. This creates a challenge in providing medical care for their children when they fall sick. They had to travel to a neighboring village for proper medical care. The women pleaded with the two councilors to take their demand at the meeting to the chairman for quick action. 

 

In conclusion, the community journalist encouraged all to take advantage of the continuous voters’ registration exercise to register and collect their PVC and this is the power that will enable them to choose a leader that will represent them. The councilor from ward 4 also pleaded with the people to be patient and promise to convey their message to the chairman. The High Chief also advised the community residents to embark on self-help projects as this has been done in some communities and issues of basic interests like the construction of classrooms was resolved. He said all cannot be left to the government alone, that the people as well need to contribute their own quota towards the growth and development of their local government.

 

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • Dilapidated classroom 
  • 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.
  • Low turnout for the Continuous voters’ registration exercise.

 

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.

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • Working more with community institutions such as churches, mosques, traditional leaders, and other opinion groups will help in creating lasting solutions to national issues.

 

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

 

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Ondo East LGA Engagement (February 2022)

12th February 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests:

MR. OLLEYELOGUN OGUNGBEDE: CHAIRMAN ONDO EAST ARTISAN ASSOCIATION

 

  • The town hall meeting was aimed at educating the citizens on the constitutional roles of local government officials. The meeting also aimed 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.  The meeting was held with the Artisan Association in Ondo East local government area and in attendance the Chairman of the artisans, the executive, and other members of the local government. 

    The meeting discussed issues around financial support/ empowerment for their members. They complained that most opportunities are being hijacked by politicians. They also discussed issues of bad road networks in the rural communities and spotlighted the activities of the timber contractors and how it affects their roads and farm settlement pathway. The Chairman also stressed the need for all members to pay their revenues as this will enable them to confront the local government representative on issues of development. The chairman also emphasised the need for members to pay their monthly dues and be regular at meetings to enable them to keep updated with information that affects them. 

    In conclusion, the community journalist thanked the association for their being present and added that accountability and transparency must always be demanded from the local government officials in nonviolent ways. The community journalist as well used the opportunity to invite the chairman to our radio program on Breeze F.M.

    Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

    • Lack of good roads.
    • Lack of potable water which means boreholes.
    • Lack of electricity

     

    Resolution

    • The citizens agreed to continue to use the various opportunities available to engage the local government and councillors to express their grievances to the government.

     

    Lessons for Future Engagements

    • Work more with community institutions such as churches, mosques, traditional leaders, and other opinion groups to help to create lasting solutions to national issues.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

                                                                                 

Citizen Journalist: Akinagbe Richard

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ILAJE LGA Engagement (February 2022)

8th February 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests:

PASTOR TEMITOPE OLUWARANTI: RELIGIOUS LEADER

MR. IDOWU AKINYELURE: CHAIRMAN LANDLORD ASSOCIATION

 

Summary of the Meeting

The town hall meeting was aimed at educating the citizens on the constitutional roles of local government officials, providing a platform for people to ask questions on matters that affect them, and strengthening the capacity of citizens to advance government accountability at the local government level.  The meeting had in attendance youth representatives from the various wards in the local government. Discussions were centred on empowerment, scholarship/bursary, financial loan support, and other social amenities that can be provided by the local government to support community growth and development and to also reduce the crime rate in the society.

The youth leader from Mahin 1 lamented that youths in their community did not benefit enough from the scheme while other youths also supported the motion. Youth restiveness was also a serious concern as many related that to the high level of insecurity in the local government. Most of their people live in fear. Cases of gang rivalry fights, militancy, and other antisocial activities are prevalent in the community. The youth also affirmed that the police within their communities could not curtail most of these crimes. Unemployment was cited as the major cause of these nefarious acts within that community as it leads to frustration thereby making the youth vulnerable to antisocial individuals that take advantage of them.

The citizen journalist encouraged them to learn skills and embrace self-employment, participate in government programs and try to be agents of change within their communities . He advised them to champion peace and promote the spirit of “leave no one behind”, equality and support the democratic system most especially at the grassroots level.

In conclusion, the youth pledged to support the fight against unlawful possession of arms by youth, antisocial behaviours, and youth involvement in violence. A group photograph was taken at the end of the meeting and refreshments were served to participants.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • The local government officials are not accessible to the people.
  • Dilapidated classroom building.
  • The local government officials are hostile in their engagement with the citizens.
  • Irregular scholarship/bursary disbursement to youth in education.
  • Financial loan support to youth
  • Crime rate and unemployment

 

Resolution

  • The citizens agreed to continue to use the various opportunities available to engage the local government and councillors to express their grievances to the government.
  • The youth pledge to expose anybody among them that is involved in criminal acts and support the local government in championing peaceful co-existence among the people.

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • Holding meetings at the ward level enables easy participation by the people.
  • A collective voice can be used to change negative societal issues.

 

Below is a pictorial representation of the participants.

 

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.

                                                                                 

CITIZEN JOURNALIST: OLOWOFOYEKUN  GLORY

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