Town Hall Meeting on Community Development

STATE

ONDO

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

IDANRE

CITIZEN JOURNALIST

OJUOPE SUNDAY

DATE

08/02/2022

 

Special Guests

NAME

TITLE

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.  It was aimed at discouraging citizens from selling their votes during elections. 

The meeting highlighted the dangers of vote-trading for Nigerian politics, democracy, and development while proffering solutions to these challenges. It was noted that vote-buying was a criminal act according to the law and the deliberate creation of poverty by politicians to enable them to occupy their desired political offices. Of chief concern was how politics has now become a do or die affair for politicians, hence the increasing rate of vote-buying. While poverty was highlighted as one of the reasons why people sold their votes during elections, it was also noted that poor awareness against voter inducement was helping vote-buying to gain ground in Nigerian elections. Participants lamented that the National Orientation Agency was not sensitising citizens enough on the dangers of vote-buying.

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.
  • There is a high rate of invasion by Fulani herdsmen on residents farmland.

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.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.

                                                                                                               

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