Town Hall Meeting on Voters’ Sensitisation, Damaturu

STATE

Yobe

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Damaturu

CITIZEN JOURNALIST

Usman Adamu Muhammad

DATE

22nd May, 2022

 

Special Guests

NAME

TITLE

Bulama Mustapha

Village Head

Bukar Maisandari (Representative)

Councilor

Bintu Mustapha

Women Leader

 

Summary of the Meeting

The town hall meeting was aimed at educating the citizens on the constitutional roles of local government and also mobilizing citizens to demand responsible government at all levels in order to promote transparency, accountability, and responsiveness in local government. The utmost objective is to educate the citizens on how they can engage their elected public office holders for community development. The town-hall meeting took place at the Maisandari Primary Healthcare premises. The meeting aimed to educate and orientate the public on the CVR process.

The meeting started with an opening prayer by Bintu Mustapha, a woman leader in the community, followed by an opening remark with an overview of mylga project. Further discussion was on impotence of the voters card and the role of citizens in democracy. The community journalist extensively discussed on the need to engage in massive awareness on PVC registration, renewal and collection as the deadline is fast approaching.

Mallam Mustapha Bulama, a community leader in Damaturu, briefly met us before the proper commencement of the meeting and assured us of his total support and commitment to being involved in mobilizing the people to register and collect their PVC.

Ms. Bintu Mustapha, a women’s leader in the community, also on behalf of the women, stressed the need for holding public office holders accountable, especially in regards to promises they made during their campaign.

Some participants also contributed as the session became very interactive, giving them an  equal opportunity to express their concerns. In the course of this, many issues were raised by the participants.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • The local government has not been carrying some of the stakeholders along during decision making processes that affect their lives.
  • The participants noted that some of their political office holders present themselves in the community only during the campaign and would never be seen after being elected.
  • For many years, their first priority need was neglected, i.e. drainage, which resulted in preventing their kids from going to school during the rainy season. 
  • There is an unappealing marginization on scholarship opportunities and admission for their children to further their studies, especially in health-related courses.

Resolution

  • The community agreed to make social contracts with aspirants of different political parties contesting for political offices, especially as the election is coming closer.
  • They also agreed to be further involved in a massive campaign on PVCs as it is the only option left to decide on who should monitor their affairs. 

Activity pictures

                                        

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