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‘IPC has Come to Wake Us Up’ – Surulere Residents said, as IPC Launches another Community Development Charter

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Seye Joseph 

For residents of Isokan Itire Ijesha, Ayetoro Coker-Aguda and Obele Oniwala who all live in Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State have commended International Press Centre (IPC) for waking them up to know how to make government accountable to demand from them basic amenities in their communities.

The residents of the communities said this at the Public Presentation and Launch of Community Development Charter for the three communities in the local council, – program that is implemented under the project titled “Strengthening Citizens Engagement in Electoral Process (SCEEP)” with the support of Action AID Nigeria.

The program that seeks to strengthen the knowledge capacity of people living in communities to know their basic rights to demanding what they deserve from government in communities had been held in various communities  in (Boshoa CDA, Orile Shomolu, Araromi Odo) in Shomolu; communities in Lagos Mainland Local Government, Oyingbo and in Surulere Local Government area of Lagos State.

Guests speakers at the Public Presentation and Launch of Community Development Charter
Guests speakers at the Public Presentation and Launch of Community Development Charter

The Chairman of Community Development Association in Surulere Local Government, Abayomi Balogun said that there can never be democracy without grassroots input and development.

Community should be the basic unit of development by virtue of the fact that this is where the overwhelming majority of the people, especially the poor and vulnerable who mostly need the basic essentials of life.

“Grassroots development is very important and that is why the local government election coming is our election. The state and the federal election in the country are not our elections; the local government election is our election because that is the tier of government that collects all sorts of levies and taxes from us so me we must be involved.”

He said that since various communities in their varied forms and formats constitute the building blocks of local government, the local government that is the nearest to the people becomes the most important tier of government.

Balogun thanked IPC for staging the program to sensitize the people in communities on how to make government accountable for the development of their areas.

Youth Leader in Isokan Community, Kelechi Ndu expressed the needs of the youths to bring development in the community.

Residents of of Isokan Itire Ijesha, Ayetoro Coker-Aguda and Obele Oniwala of Surulere Local Government Area with the development charter for their communities.
Residents of of Isokan Itire Ijesha, Ayetoro Coker-Aguda and Obele Oniwala of Surulere Local Government Area with the development charter for their communities.

“We need empowerment in the community; we want to partner with IPC to bring development to our community.”

Ndu mentioned that there are twelve streets at Isokan community, none of the street is being tarred and they are all without drainage system.

According to him, “IPC has come to open our eyes on how to make government accountable; we are waking up from our slumber now.”

He pleaded that the Local Government and the state government should come to the aid of the community.

“I want to call on IPC to come and have this type of gathering in Itire Ikate to bring all the LCDA together to really fine-tune our development needs with the government officials.”

In his keynote address that was titled “Enhancing Grassroots Development: Bridging the Gaps Between Government and Community Stakeholders”, Comrade Abiodun Aremu, Right Activist, Secretary General, Joint Action Forum emphasized the need for community development in national development.

According to Aremu, no nation move forward without the input of grassroots development which is pertinent to national development.

He urged the government to drive policies from what people need and not what the government thinks the people want.

“Every development and policies must come from the people and that is how people living in communities can be further empowered to drive development.”

He cited that the responsibility of the government is to be accountable to the people. “If council has 3 million allocations from the government, they should meet the people’s congress to know what is more urgent to the community.”

He called on government at all levels to prioritise development for the people so that it can be control it.

“IPC is doing a good job but it is the duty of the people to take it to the next level and that is why the charter that is launched today will be of benefit to communities when it is taken to the next level”, he said.

He called on the grassroots community stakeholders to appreciate the enormous constitutional power they have and they can assert on their government especially at the grassroots level as citizens and electors to whom government is primarily put in place to serve while also appreciating their civic roles and responsibilities.

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