By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
A Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO), has advised Nigerians to hold their leaders accountable in order to enhance good governance. The Founder of the NGO, Prof. Francis Fakoya, gave the advice during a Webinar in Ogun state on Thursday.
Fakoya, who is also the petition convener, called on the current generation of Nigerians to bequeath a better Nigeria to their children and grandchildren with the vision: “A Nigeria, governed by the needs of the people through the rule of law’’.
The don stressed the need to galvanise the people of Nigeria towards engaging their respective states and federal executives with a view in asking for answers to issues of importance to their lives and livelihood.
He said that Nigerians should call actions on activities of governance of the people by the people through non-violence petitions for constitutional legislation of relevant and significant duties for the good of the citizenry.
“The organisation is aimed at applying modern information and communication technologies in educating and mobilising the Nigerian public. Especially on their roles and responsibilities in the governance of their state, which has been completely absent and inefficient, where it exists.
“Similarly the organisation is to seek support and balance the dividends of governance with their civic duties and responsibilities as citizens,’’ he said.
Fakoya said that the intent of the petition was to engage the government on feedback from their executives, saying that it was not a revolution.
“The primary objective is focused on a petition which is displaced electronically. In addition, the feedback on what our leaders are doing, on what they intend to do and on what they have done after they had been elected,’’ he said.
Fakoya said that the organisation had developed electronically platform to gather 2.5 million Nigerians signatures through www.MakeoverNG.com, which is the estimation of more than one per cent of 200 million population of the country.
He said that 2.5 million Nigerians signatures would be submitted to National Assembly which we hope it would be amended and become constitutional duties after endorsement by the executive members.
Also speaking, Prof. Charles Ayo, Vice-chancellor, Trinity University, Yaba, said that there was a disconnect between Nigerians and those elected into power until there is another election.
Ayo, also a former Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun, stressed on the need for government to be opened, engender participation, and collaborate with the people so as to ensure sanity in the system.
“Our government needs to be accountable and responsible to the people to avoid violence which does not bring permanent peace to the country,” he said.
He said that there was a need for legislators to discuss with the constituency before decisions were made on legislation issues, especially concerning constituency projects.