‘Town hall meeting: A means of effectively engaging political representatives’.

 

In a bid to educate the local communities in Kano State on the workings of democratic institutions, the Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD) has been organizing civic and political educationtown hall meetings for citizens and their political representatives in seven Local Government Areas (LGAs) across the three senatorial districtsof the state.The town hall meetings are conducted three times in each of the selected LGAs involving the constituents and the State legislature at the first meeting; the Chairman/IMO at the second meeting, while both the State Legislature and theChairman/IMO are involved in the last meeting.

On 13th November, 2013, the CRD conducted the second round of town hall meetings at Makoda LGA. This involved the Chairman/IMO of the LGA in an interactive session with members of communities in the LGA. The meeting witnessed large participation of relevant stakeholders.They include; the Chief Imam of Koguna, the representative of the Education Secretary Makoda, the representative of Hisbah Command,Makoda, the Chairman, NULGE Makoda, the Woman Development Officer,Makoda, and the Deputy HOD Community,Makoda LGA. Others were CBOs, Youth groups, Women groupsand Groups of people with special needs.

At the meeting, significant areas of concern necessary for improving the quality of lives of the people in Makoda LGA were discussed. These include:

  • The need for massive sensitization programmes of this sort to cushion the effects of the low level of education in the Makoda LGA,
  • Adequate engagement of formal/informal skilled citizens towards the development of Makoda LGA,
  • Inculcating the values of town hall meetings within the LGA as a platform for effectively engaging with political representatives.
  • The need for adequate utilization of available resources in the LGA towards wealth creation and employment generation.

In his closing remarks, the representative of theChairman/IMO urged the educated members of the community to collaborate with NGOs like CRD and other meaningful development organizations to organize awareness creation programmes for Makoda inhabitants. According to him, it is crystal clear that members of the LGA have little or no knowledge on how to effectively engage with their political representatives towards the development of Makoda. Finally, he expressed his appreciation to CRD and NED for bringing such project to Makoda LGA.

 

 

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