A Civil society organization, Peering Advocacy and Advancement Centre in Africa (PAACA), on Tuesday 23rd May in a town hall meeting in Enugu challenged religious, traditional and civil society leaders in the South East to lead the charge in demanding accountability from political leaders and stimulating rapid development of the region.
The town hall meeting held at Hotel Sunshine brought together traditional and religious leaders, civil society, public servants and the media.
Speaking passionately on the need for ndi-Igbo to rise above complacency and hold her leaders to account, the executive of PAACA, Dr. Ezenwa Nwagwu, called for regional introspection in addressing local problems as the most effective approach to entrenching accountability and promoting development.
The event was in partnership with the National Orientation Agency, NOA.
In his opening remark, NOA Director General, Dr. Garba Abari who was represented by Mrs. Ifeyinwa Ugwu called on Nigerians not to abandon the leadership selection process in the country in the hands of politicians alone, saying the new sense of nationalism requires holding leaders to account for both their actions and inactions.
The DG observed that participation in the electoral process is still much higher in the urban areas than in the rural areas, requiring greater citizens’ mobilization for participation in the electoral process. He commended young people for showing a lot of enthusiasm in participating in the 2023 General Elections, which he said was responsible for the near-live casting of electoral procedure in most polling units. He urged the youths to sustain their enthusiasm in future elections.
According to him, the process of the 2023 election will continue until the courts and tribunals deliver judgment in several cases before them, urging Nigerians to remain peaceful in the spirit of the new culture of peace and stability in the country.
Participants were given an open floor to ask questions, make contributions and share ideas on how best to push the affairs of the region to the front burner