NGO tasks elected officials on effective representation




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– Initiative for Positive Change (IPC), an , on Wednesday called on elected public officers to ensure representation of people effectively.

Mrs Aisha Dankani, a member of the group representing the Secretary-General of IPC, made this appeal while addressing newsmen in Abuja.

Dankani also advised the citizenry to hold their leaders accountable and responsible for their welfare and development.

She noted that the era where Nigerians watched helplessly while a few power driven politicians betrayed the trust of the populace, abused offices and embarked on selfish interest over.

“IPC in Nigeria comprised of very optimistic citizens who believe in the potentials of Nigeria to greatness and hereby taking a nationalistic stand.

“We want to provide a platform through which Nigerians can and will become active participants and stakeholders in the governance of nation,” Dankani said.

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She explained that achieving change in any society required positive attitudinal change of the citizenry, adding that the general attitude of the masses determines that of the leaders.

Dankani stressed that the group was ready to monitor the conduct of elected and appointed public officers as well as the citizenry to ensure that the change rightly desired was properly guarded.

“We shall not only monitor the government and politicians, our mandate must include citizens’ monitoring in the form of continued advocacy and engagement at all levels of governance and citizen participation.

“We shall make ourselves visible at all levels from local governments to states to the centre by identifying like minds and networking to create a brigade of change agents throughout the country.

“From all indications, the system of field days for political fat cows should be considered unacceptable as only leaders willing to serve and make sacrifices will be accorded the people’ support,’’ she said.

Dankani emphasised that the citizenry are fully aware of the power of their votes and would not hesitate to utilise same powers in deciding the fate of political office holders.

She added that “our leaders and the entire citizenry needed to discard selfish interests, biases and work for the of the country’’.

Mr Chibueze Ihejirika, the Interim National Secretary of the group, said IPC was ready to monitor government policies from the points of formulation to the point of implementation.

“If it involves us getting to the sites where government projects are been carried out, we will engage professionals who will assist us to monitor that,’’ he said.

Mr Hama Baba, the Interim National Coordinator of IPC, said that the change the citizenry so clamoured for begins with every individual.

Baba charged Nigerians to stop what he described as persistent blame on the government, adding that good governance begins with the people.

He said there was need to focus on the representatives of various constituencies for positive impact, adding that blames on the central government could achieve less. (NAN)

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