|CITIZEN JOURNALIST||OLOWOFOYEKUN GLORY|
|Jenyo Motunrayo||Student Union Leader Ilaje Student Association, Ondo State School of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, Ondo State.|
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 issues discussed includes youth restiveness and the level of youth unemployment in the community. The youths decried the high level of insecurity in their various communities due to high militancy activities and cultism. He said most of their youths have resolved to be members of cult groups as a way of life, thereby wasting their lives in rival gangs.
The youths also decriedlife the irregularities of the scholarship/bursary award given to youth from their region which was previously enjoyed and encouraged them to embrace education as most of their parent cannot afford the high cost of education. They only hear about money awarded but don’t see any development. The meeting was an interactive session where all present felt free to express their viewpoint.
In conclusion, the community journalist encouraged all to participate fully in the ongoing voter registration to register and get their PVC. He said this is their power to choose leaders that will represent their interests well. They were told to shun vote-selling and choose wisely in the next general elections.
Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting
- The local government officials are not accessible to the people.
- 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.
Below are pictorial representations of the participants.