Forum on citizen’s conversation with Elected Public Officials
The JDPC Staffs and some delegates attended One-Day Forum organized by National Orientation Agency in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on the 6th day of April 2017 at Best Western Hotel, Ikeja Lagos. The forum was based on Democracy, Rule of Law and Prosperity for all.
The Keynote Address was delivered by Professor Abolade Adeniyi on the topic: “ARE YOU SATIFIED”? HOLDING PUBLIC OFFICE HOLDERS RESPONSIBLE FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE IN NIGERIA. He emphasized that citizens should make Elected Officers Accountable to them. He pointed out five major things citizens should do, namely: Citizens should know their representatives and ask them questions; Citizens should put their concerns into writing by way of petitions accompanying it with newspaper articles; Citizens should not mortgage their tomorrow, that is, they should not trade their rights and morals for money; Citizens should report their concerns to civil society/organizations; and citizens should form localized pressure groups that would address issues of micro importance covering limited space.
At the forum, we were also educated about the need for democracy and rule of law to flourish in our Country Nigeria. The forum was attended by stakeholders from all works of life and they were able to air their views on public office holder’s responsiveness to the plight of the citizens and the need for accountability to citizens in their various constituencies.