24th March 2023 | Community Town Hall Meeting
Citizen Journalist: Alamudun Busola
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 had in attendance the women representatives from the church, mosque, and interested community members. The women commented about the lack of drugs, equipment and shortage of personnel at the basic health centres and primary healthcare centres in the local government most especially in the rural settlements. The issue of insecurity among women farmers was also raised and pleaded with the local government chairman to come to their aid as many could no longer go to their farms for work and harvest anymore.
In conclusion, the community journalist encourages the women to register and get their PVC so as to be able to vote in the forthcoming election where new leaders will be selected to represent them. He also told them to use their various unit to promote peace and demand accountability and transparency in governance at the local government level. The women appreciated the initiative and requested more of such forums to enable them to articulate their voices.
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 high rate of invasion by Fulani herdsmen on their farmland.
- 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
- 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.