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General News of Monday, 15 November 2021

Source: www.thisdaylive.com

PPDC advises Nigerian governors to allow citizens participate in governace

Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC)

A non-governmental organisation, the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), has advised Nigerian state governors in the country to allow citizens participation in governance for robust budgetary system as well as fight against corruption.

It said allowing the citizens to participate actively in governance would engender rapid development across the states and local councils in the country.

The group stated this at the weekend in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State at a one-day stakeholders’ meeting to review its working document developed to ensure citizens participation in governance and fiscal responsibility.

In an interview with journalists on the focus of the review, PPDC Technical Lead Developer/Programme Manager, Vershima Tide, explained that the review became imperative to ensure all stakeholders inputs are captured in the development process.

It said the politics of alienation, where few people dictate the pace, is hampering development in the country, “which it said makes it expedient for major power brokers to be receptive to wider opinions by accommodating all inputs for a better and more developed society.

“The PPDC is working to have more citizens’ participation in governance. Through that process, we have realised that fiscal transparency is key to ensuring improved service delivery and open administration that will tackle corruption.

“Doing this research, the idea is to find out what goals exist and how other stakeholders can contribute to meeting the goals. This will help to support non state and state actors, and the goal is for us to improve service delivery and the lives of Nigerians.”

According to him, “The stakeholders invited to the review included the government and non-state actors. We invited key stakeholders; we also mapped out civil society organisations, media and other members of the public working to ensure fiscal responsibility.”

When asked if the project was taking place in only Ekiti State, Tide explained that three other states are captured as a pilot scheme.

“We are not doing this only here (Ekiti State), we are doing this across four other states-Kaduna, Ekiti, Anambra and Akwa Ibom,” he revealed.

On how they are being funded for the project considering the fact that it comes with a huge financial burden, Tide said they are currently being supported by the McArthur Foundation.

He said they are excited that stakeholders and those they identified as respondents have been open to speaking to them, providing what he described as rich content and practical steps to take to meet their goals.

“For the challenges, not everyone has been able to speak with us. We still believe there are more missing voices. This is just a sample size; if we had been able to speak to more people, got more units, the research would have been richer,” Tide added.

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