An NGO, Social Action, has commenced two-day capacity building workshop for community based organizations, CSOs and associations on promoting good governance at the Local Government level.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop on Tuesday in Maiduguri, the Project Manager, Prince Edegbuo, said the pilot project for Borno, Enugu, Ekiti and Delta states was aimed at strengthening community voices for local government areas service delivery and autonomy.
Edegbuo said the training would build the capacity of the stakeholders to actively participate in decision making of their areas.
Edegbuo said the workshop is also to mobilized those involved on the ongoing process on the review of the constitution as regards to local government autonomy as well as the need for them to participate in the process to emancipate the third tier of government from states control that has been hindering effective service delivery at the grassroots.
Also speaking, the Coordinator of the programme, Botti Isaac, lauded the interest shown by participants in Borno and other states visited for the programme.
Isaac urged them to sustain the tempo and engage in all processes that would ensure independence, accountability and good governance at the local government level.
Mohammed Aji, the Secretary of People Living with Disability in Borno, and Elizabeth Dilibe of Hopeful Women Initiative, who are participating in the training described it as timely and a welcome development that would ginger their associations into action on the rights of women and people with disability in their communities.
“As people with disability, we have been reminded of our right as Nigerians to demand and contribute in decision making,” Aji said.