ENSURING ACTIVE CITIZENS’ PARTICIPATION IN MARU LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ZAMFARA

“O God of creation, direct our noble cause. Guide our leaders right; Help our youth the truth to know.”
2nd Stanza of Nigeria’s National Anthem

March 14, 2021 | 1st Maru LG Town Hall Meeting | Maru Local Government Council Chamber

Special Guests: Alh. Muhammad lawal Dauran, Secretary, Maru LG

Nasiru Abdullahi Maru, Department of Political Science, UDUS Sokoto

Bashir Umar Aero, Personal Assistant to Sole Administrator, Maru LG

Alh. Sani Suleiman, Director of Social, Maru LG

Salisu Ahmad Umar, Citizens Journalist, Maru LGA

The 1st #MyLG Maru LG town hall meeting was attended by Maru local government officials, councilors, youths and women organizations, social media organizations, and many others. The meeting themed, ”Ensuring Active Citizens participation in Local Government Governance”, was designed to look for possible ways forward in active citizens’ participation in local governance, particularly in policymaking, budgeting, and project tracking to meet public needs.

The interactive session touched many areas of governance such as how well citizens can engage with duty bearers and the provision of social amenities by the local government with a view of improvising social wellbeing and economic development.

Resolutions reached included the active participation of community leaders, organizations, and people with disabilities (PWD) in local governance. The local government was tasked to provide death, birth, and marriage registrars, water, street lights, good roads, central markets, better schools, and other social services, in addition to maintenance of order.

Emphasis was made on making efforts to harness local mineral resources within the community for revenue generation and providing skill acquisition training for the people.

From the discussions, resolutions were reached to make representatives of local organizations and groups participate in Anka LG budget deliberations. The local government was also enjoined to ensure the active participation of women and people with disabilities (PWDs) in the decision-making process.

There were 36 participants – 30 men & 6 women.

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