Town Hall Meeting with Aged Citizens and how they can Engage with the Government

STATE

ONDO

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

OSE

CITIZEN JOURNALIST

JIMOH BANKOLE

DATE

12/02/2022

 

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 the association of the elderly people in Ose local government area. The meeting had in attendance the Chairman of the association and other representatives from the various wards in the local government.

The issues discussed include care for the elderly by the local government, social amenities, and welfare packages for the elderly. The chairman used the opportunity to appreciate the Governor of the state, Arakunrin Akeredolu, for the COVID-19 stimulus packages that were given to the elderly from which they maximally benefited. They also appreciated the federal government for the federal scheme for the elderly during COVID-19, which they benefited from as well, also through the senators representing their senatorial district. The people requested visible social assistance from the local government. They complained that the chairman and his councillors are not easily accessible and have no program for the elderly. Participants were encouraged to participate in the voter registration exercise and get their PVC to enable them to vote for the candidates of their choice.

In conclusion, the Community Journalist gave the vote of thanks and appreciated the organisers for the opportunity to rub minds together on issues of local government development. The meeting ended with a closing prayer said by one of the participants.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • Lack of good roads. 
  • Lack of potable water in the community.
  • Lack of electricity.

Resolution

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

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

                                                                                             

Citizen Journalist: Jimoh Bankole

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