Lack of aware­ness, key chal­lenge to good gov­er­nance – NGO

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Abubakar Haruna

The Chair­man of a Non­Govern­men­tal Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO), CANA Awards, Eric Sea­man, has ob­served that lack of com­mu­nity aware­ness is the ma­jor ob­sta­cle mil­i­tat­ing against good gov­er­nance in the coun­try.

Sea­man made the ob­ser­va­tion while ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence for the up­com­ing Awards, or­ga­nized by CANA Awards in Abuja yes­ter­day.

He said that if peo­ple were en­light­ened about their rights they should make lead­ers to fo­cus on their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“We need to ac­tu­ally ed­u­cate our­selves. We need aware­ness. Ex­am­ple if Gov­ern­ment is do­ing a project in our com­mu­nity we should su­per­vise it to make sure that the project is done well,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to him, that was the rea­son why they em­barked on sen­si­tis­ing work­shops, en­light­en­ment and ed­u­cat­ing so­ci­ety at the grass­roots to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity of good gov­er­nance in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Also speak­ing, Di­rec­tor Pro­gramme

its and Im­ple­men­ta­tion, Lawan Sanya, has said that they de­cided to or­gan­ise the awards to ap­pre­ci­ate Nige­ri­ans who demon­strated true pa­tri­o­tism through self­less ser­vice to hu­man­ity and com­mu­nity.

Sanya, said that a com­mit­tee was set up to se­lect the rec­om­mended per­sons by the pub­lic to be recog­nised by CANA Award.

In her re­marks, the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic­ity, Bar­ris­ter Steph Agashu, said that their or­gan­i­sa­tion de­cided to recog­nise peo­ple who have touched the lives of their com­mu­ni­ties.

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