Adoption Of OGP Has Validated Community Development Charter In Lere LGA – Chairman

    Lere LGA Chairman, Buba delivering an address at the Two-Day Citizens' Engagement on Inclusiveness Governance which was concluded at the Lere LGA Secretariat on Thursday October 18, 2018.
    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
    The adoption of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) adopted by Lere Local Government Area has helped to validate the Community Development Charter (CDC).
    Lere LGA Chairman, Honourable Abubakar Buba expressed this in his welcome address to the Two-Day Citizens’ Engagement on Inclusiveness Governance which was concluded at the Lere LGA Secretariat on Thursday.
    “This process helped us to validate the Community Development Charter, which was generated by citizens before being elected into office. We intend not to stop there as we are presently preparing to hold another town-hall meeting very soon, as this is in fulfillment of our commitment to carry our citizens along in all our activities to improve the quality of their livelihood,” he stated.
    While welcoming the participants, which included Budget Officers, Community Development Officers and representatives of community based groups drawn from Kudan, Zaria, Makarfi, Soba, Ikara, Kubau, Kauru, Sabon and Lere local government areas, he reminded them that the two-day Citizens’ Engagement on Inclusive Governance was very important.
    ” As most of you are aware, Lere LGA has continued to take leadership role in governance reforms that has strengthened access to information, citizens engagement and accountability. It is in that spirit we are excited to host all of you.
    “As you are all aware, our drive for good governance at the local government level has been made easy by the numerous initiatives embarked by the State government under the able leadership of Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
    “This includes but not limited to the Budget and Planning Law, Local Government Development Plan, signing onto the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Community Development Charter and Local Government Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Program (LFTAS). This and many more have restructured local government administration in the State to be more responsive to the needs of Citizens, thereby improving the quality of service delivery at the grassroots.
    “As a believer of the ambitious and laudable vision of the Governor of Kaduna State, immediately after being elected and sworn in into office; I leveraged on the various reforms on ground to rally our partners in progress, the Civil Society Organizations and active  citizens, to commence the process of adopting and domesticating the co-creation principles of the OGP. This led to the adoption and selection of members of the Technical Working Group made up of equal number of citizens and public servants with each having a co-chair,” he said.
    Buba stressed that the output of this approach encouraged them to sign onto the Local Government Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Program of the State government, which resulted in Lere local government being the first local government to organize a budget town-hall meeting in Kaduna State.
    “It is in view of the above that this two day event is timely, as it will consolidate on the reforms ongoing not just in Lere LGA but others present here. As the success of any reform is dependent on regular reflection, review and tapping into the lessons learnt; which I belief this engagement seeks to achieve by looking at how citizens engaged the 2019 local government budget process.
    ” I am also aware that you will be facilitating integrated approaches that will enhance citizens engagement with the governance process at the Federal, State and Local Government level. I also recall vividly that I had challenged the civil society organizations in Lere LGA to come up with an independent budget implementation tracking and reporting template to support my administration with a citizens feedback mechanism on our performance. I hope this engagement will deliver on that. I am happy to note that this engagement is going to be taken to the three senatorial zones, and Lere LGA again is taking first by hosting that of zone one.
    “In rounding up, may I use this opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of Lere local government council under my leadership to being open to more reforms that will enhance our governance process through creating the enabling environment for access to information and citizens engagement. The Technical Working Group which will be our vehicle towards Inclusive and sustainable development, will be strengthened to deliver on the Local Government Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability Program indicators,” he said.
    The LG boss  thanked the Coalition of CSOs in Lere; Coalition of Association for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment & Development (CALPED); Partnership to Engage, Reform & Learn (PERL/DFID) and other partners for supporting them since the inception of the administration towards achieving an inclusive and citizens-driven governance process in Lere LGA.


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