BENIN – Social Action, a Non-Governmental Organisation, in collaboration with the Edo Civil Society Organisations (EDOSCO) with support from the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and MacArthur Foundation, at the weekend urged electorate to always hold their political leaders accountable for their actions and inactions in office.
Comrade Vivian Bellonwu, a representative of the Social Action group, stated this at a town hall meeting with political candidates and their citizens tagged Edo Citizens Decide 2019 held at Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
Speaking on the theme, “Promoting Issue Based, Competency and Accountable Representation,” she said political leaders get away with their excesses because the citizens failed to ask pertinent questions and hold them accountable for their deeds while in office.
She said when the political leaders are aware that the citizens would hold them accountable, it would engender transparency and accountability which in return wouls lead to the even spread of the dividends of democracy across the length and breadth of the nation.
She said the citizens must put that era behind them and learn to put their leaders on their toes.
Speaking on the reason for the event, she said they decided to bring the debate to the district to enable citizens of the area interface with their would-be representatives adding that such would promote accountability and transparency in governance.
She said,”We could have held the event somewhere else but we chose to bring it here because the people of Edo North deserve the best and adequate representation.
“This event will give you the opportunity to interact, state your demands and know what your various representatives have for you when they get there.”
Commending the organisers of the event, Mrs. Zinatu Abu said the occasion was an eye opener for them adding that it has afforded them the opportunity to interface with their would-be representatives and to state their demands.
Abu said the plight of the women in the region is absence of soft loans to boost their businesses.
She said the person to represent them should be one who can device a mechanism through which they can have access to soft loans to carry out their businesses and buy chemical to fumigate their farms.
Another participant, Mrs. Felix Glory, said what they needed from their representatives is an infrastructural development in their community.
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Author: Francis Onoiribholo