NGO tasks Kaduna communities on engaging government on service delivery

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A Non-Governmental Organization, Aid Foundation, has tasked communities in Southern Kaduna on the need to engage government on service delivery and for them to expose corrupt practices.

The Programme Officer of the NGO’s Scrap-C project, Chinanzo Umenwobi, made the call at a dialogue it organized between the government and people of Southern Kaduna on Thursday at Kafanchan.

Umenwobi said the event was a platform for citizens and government to interface on service delivery.

Also, ICPC urges citizens to monitor constituency projects in communities.

“It provides a rare opportunity for government and citizens to interface because a lot of times citizens do not have opportunity to interact with those who provide services for them.

“But this town hall meeting provides that opportunity which I would say is rare. It is an opportunity for you to maximize your citizenship.

“The fight against corruption is a fight for everyone. If you think corruption does not affect you, think about the people who die as a result of someone squandering money meant to fix our roads.

“Under our Upright for Nigeria Campaign, we emphasize that citizens begin to do these things themselves.

“And we know that service providers are vital in this struggle, so we provide the avenue for service providers to interact with citizens as we all work together to eradicate corruption in our country,’’ she added

In his remarks, the Commissioner of Education, Shehu Makarfi, urged communities to keep track of projects being executed by the ministry and report any unwholesome practices.

Makarfi, who was represented by an Assistant Director in the ministry, Saidu Suleiman, restated the commitment of the state government to provide quality education in all schools.

He noted that about 6, 000 teachers would soon be engaged by the state government to boost manpower in the education sector.

NAN reports that the event, attended by stakeholders from the public and private sectors, featured questions and suggestion from participants on better ways to render services to the people.

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