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Citizens should hold governments accountable to their promises — Group 

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A Non-Governmental Organisation, Nigerian Civil Society Desk, has challenged Nigerian citizens to hold politicians accountable to their promises.

National Coordinator of the organization, Friday Eleojo, gave this charge while addressing journalists at the Government House Bauchi when they visited the state to assess the implementation of projects undertaken by the state government in the last three years.

“The group is in Bauchi State as part of our nationwide assessment of projects and programs being implemented by governments in fulfilment of promises made to the citizens in the course of electioneering. The exercise commenced today 14th and ends on Friday, the 20th,” he noted.

Mr Eleojo who explained that the organization is an independent civil society initiative formed with the objective of promoting democratic values and good governance said they had so far carried out similar assessments in five states of the federation.

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They commended the Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar for allowing them to carry out the exercise, decrying that the group was prevented by some states governments to conduct the exercise.

“It is our considered view that for democracy to thrive and engender the much-needed dividends.

“Government must be held accountable on the level of project implementation based on promises made,” he added.

While promising to be fair during the conduct of the exercise, the group assured that its report would be made available for all stakeholders.

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