SERI Visits Enugu State Commissioner for Local Government

Chijioke Edeoga (left) receives copies of SERI Publication from Dr. Dom Okoro

Chijioke Edeoga (left) receives copies of SERI Publication from Dr. Dom Okoro

Socio-economic Rights Initiative (SERI) recently paid an advocacy visit to the Enugu State Commissioner for Local Government Matters, Hon. Chijioke Edeoga in his office at the State Secretariat Complex in furtherance of its quest to secure the buy in of relevant stakeholders in the implementation of its Demand-driven (Participatory) Governance Programme in South East Nigeria.

The SERI team which was led by the Chairman of its Governing Board, Eze (Dr) Dom Okoro was warmly received by the Commissioner and had fruitful discussions with him and the Chairmen of Udenu, Isi Uzo and Igboeze South Local Government Areas who were invited to participate in the interactive session by the Commissioner.

Speaking for the SERI team, Eze (Dr) Okoro gave an overview of the mandate of SERI, its activities in the state so far as well as its plans for future work in the state. The team then presented copies of its publication, Participatory Governance in South-East Nigeria-Report of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Visit Every Community (VEC) Key Development Needs Projects in Enugu State to the Commissioner.

In his response, the Commissioner thanked the team for the visit and for the kind gesture of making copies of the Report of its survey of the VEC/KDN projects available to the state government before its presentation to the public. He assured the team that the Ministry was willing to partner with SERI in its work in the state.

Other members of the SERI team were its Programme Officer, Jimmy Essiet and its Legal/Community Liaison Officer, Barrister Chucks Umeh.