Good governance: Group charges citizens on holding governments accountable

Emmanuel Ogala
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Bauchi governor, Mohammed Abubakar
Bauchi governor, Mohammed Abubakar

A political pressure group known as ‘The Nigerian Civil Society Desk’ has challenged Nigerian citizens to hold politicians accountable on the level of project implementation base on promises made.

National Coordinator of the organization, Friday Eleojo, gave this charge on Wednesday while addressing newsmen in Bauchi state during their visit to 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 fulfillment of promises made to the citizens in the course of electioneering campaigns.

“The exercise commenced today 14th and ends on Friday, the 20th,” he noted.

The organisation decried that they were prevented by some state governments to to conduct the exercise.

The organisation, therefore, commended Governor Mohammed Abubakar for allowing them to carry out the exercise.

Mr Eleojo, who explained that the organization is an independent civil society initiative that promotes democratic values and good governance, said NGO had so far carried out similar assessment in five states of the federation.

“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 said.

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