CRD ORGANIZED A TOWN HALL MEETING FOR CITIZENS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEADERSHIP IN UNGOGO LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, KANO STATE

DSC00029Local government is the closest tier of government to the people at the grassroots. It is important that the people understand the functions of a local government as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of Nigeria. That way they can be better placed to demand for accountability and responsiveness from the political leadership of their local government. Many people at the grassroots do not have adequate knowledge of the functions of a local government. They often make frivolous demands on the leadership of their local government, thereby placing unnecessary burden on the leadership. Rather than demand for community development, responsiveness and accountability, they make personal demands to cater for such things as wedding ceremonies, naming ceremonies, etc.

In order to change the negative attitude of the people towards local government administration in Kano state, the Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD) organized a town hall meeting in Ungogo local government area on Saturday, 6 July, 2013. The meeting was meant to educate the people on the functions of a local government as well as create a platform for sustained interaction between the people and the political leadership of their local government. Participants at the event were drawn from community based organizations (CBOs), youth and women groups and traditional/religious leaders. Other participants include the political leadership of Ungogo local government area and people with special needs.

The meeting was highly participatory. The people spoke freely on many issues affecting their local government. CRD has made other arrangements to replicate the meeting in other selected local government areas of Kano State.

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