24th March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting
Citizen Journalist: Abidakun Samuel Akindele
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 youths from Akure North local government area during their meeting time. The various issues discussed include continuous voters’ registration exercise. The youth were made to understand that only a few Ondo state youth participate in the last general elections and at the moment majority have not registered for PVC and that is not too good for the State. The youth decried the lack of trust in the political system which demotivated their participation in the democratic process.
In conclusion, they were being encouraged to register and collect their PVC to enable them to choose wisely who will lead them for the next four years. The youth agreed to register and collect their PVC and vote.
Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting
- Poor leadership and representation.
- 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.