By Victor Edighomor
An Agency of the United Nations , the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDF) has concluded the training of traditional heads and Representatives of Ayama community of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on the proper monitoring of development projects and holding politicians accountable on election promises.
The training programme, initiated under the AFRIHEALTH Opponent Association’s Sustainable Citizen Participation (SCP) Development Initiative and the Implementing Partner, Evolve Caregiver Foundation (ECAF), is expected to expose indigenes of benefiting communities to issues of holding contractors and politicians accountable on projects in the communities.
The Executive Director of the Evolve Caregiver Foundation (ECAF), Mrs. Ranti Adeniji, who commended the AFRIHEALTH and UNDF for entering into partnership with ECAF over the SCP project, described the training of community indigenes as an eye opener in the new community development strategy.
Mrs. Adeniji noted that the new community development strategy and training has been implemented in over 81 local government areas of the Nine states of the Niger Delta region, “the method has given youths and community leaders in benefiting communities a sense of participation and belonging.”
Speaking earlier, the Traditional Ruler of Ayama community, H. R. H Chief Amen Sariki ,commended the ECAF for proper implementation of the programme and declare the community’s total support for the citizen based development approach ,” the Ayama people are ready to hold contractors and politicians accountable due to the awareness that the SCP has created in the community. ”
Also speaking, the representative of the Community during the implementation of the programme, Mr. Ebiegberi Allison, said the citizen participatory method has developed a kind of mindset in the community that makes people now aware that they are also parts of the developmental activities in their community.
“it is an eye opener development method. For instance, people in my community are now aware that it is their duty to monitor any project going on in the community to completion as well as practicing maintenance culture. ”
“Already the people of Ayama are poised to monitor the ongoing community projects of the health centre, new primary school building and electrification projects to completion in the community. ” he said