Quest To Deepen Democracy And Accountability In South East Nigeria Intensifies

The quest to deepen democracy and accountability in South East Nigeria was taken a step further with the organization of a Democracy Clinic and Accountability Assembly Session for Civil Society Organizations in the zone recently by the Owerri, Imo State-based Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) in Enugu.
The project which is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is to be implemented in the five South East states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo. It has as its theme Deepening Accountability and Making Democracy Work for Citizens and Communities. The Objectives of the Project are:

  • To strengthen the capacity of civil society to promote public accountability and participate in political decision making processes in South East Nigeria
  • To improve elected representatives and government officials responsiveness to their constituents’ demands in South East Nigeria At the Project Strategies Planning Meeting held at Fontana Hotel in Enugu attended by representatives of non governmental organizations, community based organizations, traditional institutions and the media among others, participants agreed on a number issues that will lead to the realization of the above objectives. Among these are:
  • When, where and who should do what
  • Strengthening the South East Democracy Clinic
  • How to create linkages with governance structures in the South East
  • Harvest new and innovative ideas for faster and impactful implementation
  • To design government and democracy intervention in the next 12 months
  • Link interventions to statutory accountability instruments. The instruments were identified as The Constitution;
    Appropriation Laws; Procurement Laws; Fiscal Responsibility Act; Freedom of Information Act; Audit and Financial Reports among others
    Participants also identified the opportunities and challenges peculiar to each of the five states that could impact the realization of the objectives of the project and agreed on the activities designed to lead to their realization.