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Social Action and Edo Civil Society Organizations to engage Governorship Candidates on Open Budget and Accountability

In line with its mandate to ensure that government policies meet the needs of citizens in a transparent and accountable manner, Social Action and partner Edo Civil Society Organizations Forum are organizing a citizens’ town hall meeting aimed at providing an opportunity for citizens to interact with candidates seeking election to the office of governor of Edo state. Top on the agenda is the commitment of the candidates to maintain certain minimum standards of transparency and accountability which include open budgets, citizens’ participation and public access.
The meetings which kick start on Monday the 28th of August 2016, will hold at the Masses’ House, 28A, Erie Street, off Sokponba Road, Benin City, Edo State, with the People’s democratic Party Candidates Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu having the first appearance.
Senior Programmes Manager of Social Action, Ken Henshaw says the town hall meeting has been designed to also empower citizens of the state. “Not only is this meeting an opportunity for citizens of Edo state to engage with people aspiring to lead them as governor, it is also an opportunity for citizens to take the driver’s seat and reaffirm the cardinal maxim of democracy that power comes from the people”.
The Public Relations Officer of EDOSCO Prince Osaze Edigin says the welfare of citizens must be the key consideration of whoever emerges as governor of Edo state. “We expect the candidates to make commitments to good governance and respect for human rights. We expect them to commit to placing the interests and welfare of citizens above every other interest. What we are doing is revolutionary, we expect it to have lasing impact.”
The town hall meeting is being organized as part of the Strengthening Advocacy for Civic Engagement Programme.