Town Hall Meeting on Voters’ Sensitisation, Ilaje

STATE ONDO
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ILAJE
CITIZEN JOURNALIST OLOWOFOYEKUN  GLORY
DATE 30/03/2022

 

Special Guests

NAME TITLE
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.

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.

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.

                                                                             

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Town Hall Meeting with Community Youth Association on how to Engage with Local Government Representative

STATE

ONDO

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

ILAJE

CITIZEN JOURNALIST

OLOWOFOYEKUN  GLORY

DATE

08/02/2022

 

Special Guests

NAME

TITLE

OLORUNLEMI VICTOR

YOUTH LEADER 

Summary of the Meeting

The town hall meeting was aimed at educating the citizens on the constitutional roles of local government officials, providing a platform for people to ask questions on matters that affect them, and strengthening the capacity of citizens to advance government accountability at the local government level.  The meeting had in attendance youth representatives from the various wards in the local government. Discussions were centred on empowerment, scholarship/bursary, financial loan support, and other social amenities that can be provided by the local government to support community growth and development and to also reduce the crime rate in the society.

The youth leader from Mahin 1 lamented that youths in their community did not benefit enough from the scheme while other youths also supported the motion. Youth restiveness was also a serious concern as many related that to the high level of insecurity in the local government. Most of their people live in fear. Cases of gang rivalry fights, militancy, and other antisocial activities are prevalent in the community. The youth also affirmed that the police within their communities could not curtail most of these crimes. Unemployment was cited as the major cause of these nefarious acts within that community as it leads to frustration thereby making the youth vulnerable to antisocial individuals that take advantage of them.

The citizen journalist encouraged them to learn skills and embrace self-employment, participate in government programs and try to be agents of change within their communities . He advised them to champion peace and promote the spirit of “leave no one behind”, equality and support the democratic system most especially at the grassroots level.

In conclusion, the youth pledged to support the fight against unlawful possession of arms by youth, antisocial behaviours, and youth involvement in violence. A group photograph was taken at the end of the meeting and refreshments were served to participants.

Critical Issues Raised During the Meeting

  • The local government officials are not accessible to the people.
  • Dilapidated classroom building.
  • The local government officials are hostile in their engagement with the citizens.
  • Irregular scholarship/bursary disbursement to youth in education.
  • Financial loan support for youth
  • The crime rate and unemployment

Resolution

  • The citizens agreed to continue to use the various opportunities available to engage the local government and councillors to express their grievances to the government.
  • The youth pledge to expose anybody among them that is involved in criminal acts and support the local government in championing peaceful co-existence among the people.

Lessons for Future Engagements

  • Holding meetings at the ward level enables easy participation by the people.
  • A collective voice can be used to change negative societal issues.

 

Below are pictorial representations of the participants.

                                                                                 

CITIZEN JOURNALIST: OLOWOFOYEKUN  GLORY

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