Monday 26th June, 2017
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Cleric blames lawyers, politicians for Nigeria's woes

Cleric blames lawyers, politicians for Nigeria's woes

A Catholic Priest, Prof Phillip Og­bonna of the Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri, yesterday took a swipe at lawyers and poli­ticians, who he accused as the destroyers of the Ni­gerian tenets, saying they have thwarted the system.
Revd Fr Ogbonna made the verdict during a one-day town hall meeting on Improving Local Gover­nance and Service Delivery organised by Centre for Constitutional Governance (CCG) founded by late Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti, in Owerri, the Imo State capi­tal.
Speaking on the topic: Strengthening citizens’ participation in local gov­ernance and using citizens’ feedback to improve local government, Prof Ogbon­na said the educated people have turned around to be­come the problem of the society.
He said many educated people lack character and values, just as he regretted that Nigeria has no for­mal or standard format to groom youths for leader­ship positions.
Prof Ogbonna called for youth education and train­ing in the school curricu­lum to provide a platform to model youths into wor­thy representatives.
On how to strengthen citizen participation in lo­cal governance, he advocat­ed for understanding and using formal institutions of power; electing and ap­pointing local officials, bringing together citizens’ groups and government officials to jointly formu­late programme plans.
Other recommenda­tions include to create an interactive platform where people will interface with stakeholders, who will provide information; where citizens can de­mand accountability from elected leaders, and ensure equitable distribution and provision of goods and services.
The Chairman Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Imo state chapter, Mr In­nocent Igwe condemned the absence of effective legislation by the state As­sembly members in the State and called for effec­tive representation by office holders.

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