21st March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting
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
- Poor power supply.
- 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.