Dr. S. Olotu, resource person presenting
One of the reasons for bad governance is the lack of accountability which in turn affects women more. To curb this menace, on Friday, September 14, 2018, Kebetkache Women Development Centre, an NGO committed to pursuing gender equality and good governance, held a Town Hall Meeting to sensitize her platform members on gender and accountability at Aldgate Hotel, Abacha Road, Port Harcourt. The event was sponsored by MacArthur Foundation through a project being facilitated by WRAPA through Kebetkache.
Participants were drawn from different states of the South-South of the country cutting across different segments of society.
While enlightening on the concept of the project, Bridget Emem Okon, executive director of Kebetkache Women Development Centre called on
Emem Okon, Executive Director, Kebetkache welcoming participants
citizens to be involved in getting political office holders to be accountable. She said women should add their voices to what happens around them because they bear the greater burden of bad governance as corruption fuels poverty.
She advised participants to have an agenda which they will provide for any political office holder before offering support to him or her. She noted that by so doing, the politician when in office, will not implement his own agenda but the agenda of the people and will be available to give an account of his/her performance in office.
Resource person, Dr. S. Olotu who taught on Gender and Accountability in Governance stressed that governance is everybody’s business. He said;
“we cannot run away from governance because each and everyone of us is part of the governance system” The project is aimed at creating wider awareness on citizen’s right to accountability as a means of checkmating impunity and corruption in governance enhanced by social and some traditional media outings.
By Abraham Ebini