A joint Civil Society Organizations in Zamfara state have made a passionate appeal to the three tears of Governments to always involve community members in the selection of projects to avoid misplacement of priority.
Speaking on behalf of the CSOs in Gusau, the Zamfara state Capital during a session of project monitoring information sharing with stakeholders organised by Joint Future Hope Foundation, Valuntary Aid Initiative, Life Helpers Initiative and Millennium Development Central in partnership with Women Environmental Program Abuja, the Executive Director of the Voluntary Aid Initiative, VAI, Mr. Musa Umar Aboki said, “many projects were abandoned in Zamfara while others have been repeatedly appearing in annual budgets of both the state and federal governments”.
According to him, the CSOs have selected and monitored Federal and state governments projects that have direct impact to Women and girls to ensure implementation of the projects as prescribed in the budgets.
Mr. Musa Aboki who lamented on some abundant projects and repetition of same projects in annual budgets said community members were supposed to be fully informed about any projects meant for them, while the proper information about it should be made public for transparency and accountability.
On his part, the Zamfara state Commissioner for information, Mr. Ibrahim Magaji Dosara who chaired the session called on the CSOs to always work along with the supervising MDAs for proper guidance and accurate information about the projects and commended them for organising the session to balance their reports.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Habib Muhammad Yelwa explained that, some of the projects in question have been completed but in different locations for some obvious reasons, calling on the CSOs to visit to the sites.
On her part, the Commissioner of Women Affairs, Hajiya Zainab Lawal Gummi revealed that, the state government was working hard to ensure computability of women and children with a special consideration to people living with disabilities.
Many stakeholders who graced the occasion have commended the Civil Society Organizations for engaging governments to stand up to their responsibilities for better Nigeria.