IDANRE LGA Engagement (March 2022)

21st March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests:

Adewoleoye Abimbola: Councilor Ward 4

Akinnaso Ige: Councilor Ward 5

High Chief Apostle Olusotoye:  Community Leader

Citizen Journalist: Ayokunle Henry

 

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 in ward 4 of the local government with the presence of Hon. Adewoleoye Abimbola and Hon. Akinnaso as the councilors representing ward 4 and ward 5 respectively. The occasion was also graced with the presence of the High Chief Apostle Olusotoye and women leaders in the ward. The community journalist used the opportunity of the presence of these stakeholders to present major issues around local government development. He also raised concern about the status of youth participation in the continuous voters’ registration and stated the need to address the dilapidated condition of structures and amenities in secondary and primary schools at the local government.

 

The women at the meeting complained about the risk their children pass through in crossing the expressway to go to school which makes most parents withdraw their wards from government schools and enrolled them in private schools. The women also lamented the non-availability of health facilities and shortage of staff at the health centre. This creates a challenge in providing medical care for their children when they fall sick. They had to travel to a neighboring village for proper medical care. The women pleaded with the two councilors to take their demand at the meeting to the chairman for quick action. 

 

In conclusion, the community journalist encouraged all to take advantage of the continuous voters’ registration exercise to register and collect their PVC and this is the power that will enable them to choose a leader that will represent them. The councilor from ward 4 also pleaded with the people to be patient and promise to convey their message to the chairman. The High Chief also advised the community residents to embark on self-help projects as this has been done in some communities and issues of basic interests like the construction of classrooms was resolved. He said all cannot be left to the government alone, that the people as well need to contribute their own quota towards the growth and development of their local government.

 

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • Dilapidated classroom 
  • 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.
  • Low turnout for the Continuous voters’ registration exercise.

 

Resolution

  • 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 creating lasting solutions to national issues.

 

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.          

 

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IDANRE LGA Engagement (February 2022)

8th February 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting 

 

Special Guests:

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. 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.  

In his declarative speech, the citizens’ journalist representing Owo local government in persons of Mrs. Alamudun Busola, urged participants to think of how they can contribute to the growth and development of their community through active participation in governance issues. He emphasized the importance of trust, honesty, and modesty in governance, enjoining citizens to elect leaders who are known to be fair and just. 

Mr. Akerele Olushola, the chairman of the landlord association further cautioned the people to stop overburdening the local government officials on issues outside the constitutional provision of their roles and responsibilities. He emphasized that the government alone at all levels cannot provide all that the citizens require from it without citizens’ active participation in good governance. During the meeting, participants were educated to note that the community should determine what the sole administrator of the Local Government should do through their Ward Councilors. 

Additionally, the meeting was aimed at discouraging citizens from selling their votes during elections.

During the meeting, the dangers of vote-trading for Nigerian politics, democracy, and development were highlighted, while proffering solutions to these challenges. It was noted that vote-buying is a criminal act according to the law and deliberate creation of poverty by politicians to enable them to occupy their desired political offices.

 

Also, citizens expressed  their concerns that politics has now become the only available job for politicians, hence that increases the rate of vote-buying. While many stated that poverty was one of the reasons why people sell their votes during elections, the citizens as well noted that poor awareness against voter inducement was helping vote-buying to gain grounds in Nigerian elections, lamenting that the National Orientation Agency was not sensitizing citizens enough on 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.
  • The high rate of invasion by Fulani Herdsmen to farmers on their farmland.

 

Resolution

  • 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.
  • The citizens resort to working cooperatively with men of the Amotekun and Vigilante squad in the various communities.

 

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • We should create more time for the question and answer session between LG officials and citizens.
  • Working more with community institutions such as churches, mosques, traditional leaders and other opinion groups will help in creating lasting solutions to national issues.

Below is a pictorial representation of the participants.

 

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.

                                                                                 

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