The Civil Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) in Oyo State, the Justice, Development and Peace Movement (JDPM) of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo and Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) have held a day conversation on “Role of Citizens in Advancing Effective Budget Performance on Provision of Social Infrastructures in Oyo and Its Environs”.
The programme, according to the organizers is aimed at managing strategic communication among stakeholders of democracy by fostering relationships between elected representatives and the civil society organizations; build understanding and support for improved social infrastructures at the community level; facilitates access to relevant development information for results-based partnership; and alliance for social transformation to operationalise the right to development as enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which emphasize “not leaving anybody behind” in Oyo and its environs.
The participants at the conversation include Honourable Muyideen Olagunju, representatives of Ministry of Finance and Budget in Oyo State,Honourable Akeem Adeyemi, Honourable Leke Oyatokun, Landlord Associations, retirees, market women, National Council of Women Societies, Nigeria, National Union of Road Transporters Associations, Okada Riders Associations, artisans, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Nigeria Bar Association, Lecturers from Tertiary Institutions, mechanics,religious and traditional leaders and members of CCGG across Afijio, Atiba, Oyo East and Oyo West local governments respectively. Ten members of CCGG from Olorunsogo, Irepo, Oorelope and Saki West local governments were at the conversation as observers to enable them gain first-hand experience on how to organise multi-stakeholders’ engagement for inclusive governance.
At the end, a network of interdependent systems, resources, values and skills that will continue to promote dialogue and consultation for improved social infrastructures in Oyo and its environs formed.
The Diocesan Coordinator of JDPM, Rev. Fr Gabriel Adeleke promised that JDPM and CCGG shall continue to promote open conversations between the people and the office holders to increase service delivery to the citizens. Work will continue on building the bridge between citizens and government.