IMG_20170801_110903Governance in Nigeria would be greatly enhanced if citizens get more involved by asking relevant questions regarding how public resources are utilized.

This is the consensus of participants in a seminar on the presentation of a study tagged “Community Voice Claiming Space to Seek State Action in Anambra State” held at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus.

A development expert, Mr. Temitope Fashola who represented the Country Director of Christian Aid Nigeria expressed  the need for government at all levels to reflect the opinion of the people in their programmes and policies.

Mr. Fashola stated that the seminar was aimed at bringing development experts and the academia together.

“There will be reason for us to use whatever we have in the most preferred manner to serve the people because the government is about bringing the two worlds together as we see in developed countries and to ensure that we continue to work in synergy so that the Academia can also have substance of what we are doing as Practitioners and vice versa.”

In a remark, the Director of Institute for Development Studies, UNEC, Professor OsitaOgbu  said the collaboration between the institute and Christian Aid would help in their teachings and research.

“We in turn will help the Christian Aid to sharpen their intervention through training, consultancy and research. So this kind of synergy makes us a better institution and makes Christian Aid, a better donor.”

Some of the participants said the seminar exposed them to many issues about developmental governance.

“Ilearnt a lot about women and a lot about how to encourage development in our society.”

“We were exposed to so many angle about governance.”

“They have opened our eyes to know that there are some barriers in some states that can be used to break the barriers in area of inequality.”

Tthe study was conducted by the Institute for Development Studies UNEC, University of SUSSEX, United Kingdom and Christian Aid Nigeria.