Communities set agenda for good governance
Three communities in Shomolu local government area of Lagos State, in partnership with the International Press Centre (IPC) have compiled a charter on the challenges facing the area to be presented to candidates in the next coming council election.
Their challenges include, damaged drainages, abandoned road projects, lack of health care facilities, especially for women and lack of social amenities. To them, the charter would serve as a guide in addressing their needs as a community.
The communities-Boshoa, Orile Shomolu and Araromi Odo also rue the level of security in the area, which has led to repeated cases of rape, alleging that the police have contributed to the rising cases of crime by shielding culprits.
Head of Agriculture and Social Services, Shomolu local government, Mr. Olusegun Arogundade, while addressing some of the issues said, “Our system in Nigeria seems a bit disorganized, that is why efforts go unnoticed. The council chairman has tried in his capacity to ensure that social amenities are provided for the community, we will continue to do our best in engaging young people so that crime rate will reduce drastically.”
According to the Director of IPC, Mr. Lanre Arogundade, the organisation worked with the communities to produce the charter, which contains issues of development that have not been attended to, noting that their aim is to get the attention of government, especially at the local government level.
“We have asked the communities to document them, so that they can have something to present to candidates during the local government election, so that nobody will deny the fact that the communities do know what they want. The government will also realise that this is a collective product of these communities and if they have to be attended to, they will know they are dealing with the entire community.”
While speaking on enhancing grassroots development with women and girls in the equation, Executive Director of Gender and Development Action (GADA) Mrs. Ada Agina-Ude noted that in many societies, even around the world, women are disadvantaged, “their problem are magnified; women are mothers, they get pregnant, they have babies, and there are health problems associated with such. It is important to pay attention to maternal deaths, which is the highest in Nigeria and let the government know our plight as women.
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