Catholic Priest, Prof Phillip Ogbonna says Lawyers, Politicians bane of Nigeria democracy

www.odogwublog.com reports that radical Catholic Priest, Prof Phillip Ogbonna of the Imo State University (IMSU) yesterday took a swipe on 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 organized 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 program 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.
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.
Programme Officer of CCG, Mrs Juliana Iregbu-Ihejirika said a survey was conducted in three local governments; Ikeduru, Ehime Mbano, and Oru-West councils where rural dwellers complained about lack of access to basic amenities like good roads, good schools, water amongst others.
Participants who were drawn from the civil society advocated for more citizens participation and effective representation in governance.

Catholic Priest, Prof Phillip Ogbonna says Lawyers, Politicians bane of Nigeria democracy Catholic Priest, Prof Phillip Ogbonna says Lawyers, Politicians bane of Nigeria democracy Reviewed by Odogwu Emeka Odogwu on Saturday, April 22, 2017 Rating: 5

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