By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
As a result of stakeholders influence, local government areas in Kaduna Stare are now open to reforms that will ensure accountability and growth.
This was disclosed on the day-two of the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) Agenda for Second Quarter Participatory Political Economy Analysis and Reform Engagement as it resumed on Tuesday.
The participants expressed this during a group presentation after they broke into clusters.
They further disclosed that more civil society organisations (CSOs) are willing to participate in Community Development Charter (CDC), as a result of training they have been exposed to.
They said that CSOs partnered with Lere and Zaria LGAs organized town hall meetings on the draft 2019 LGA budgets.
They suggested that with the right engagement of the larger CSOs, there will be more ownership and sustainability of the CDC.
They lamented that some of the processes were not sustained after projects like Voice To The People (V2P) ended.
They therefore, called for more training of CSOs to ensure sustainability.
The engagement participants said that the CSOs will be taking advantage of the electioneering campaigns in engaging their State House of Assembly members with their charters, to ensure they are defended and protected in the budgets.
They expressed satisfaction that CSOs participated in the 2019 LGA budgets harmonization and finalization, while urging them to take advantage of community based monitors.
On health, they suggested that engagement with traditional rulers is key to achieving more results.
On education, they said that CSOs have kept keen ears on recruitment of teachers and also monitored their training.
They said they witnessed the distribution of text books to public school pupils from primary one to four.
The engagement which began in Kaduna on Monday, would be wrapped up on Tuesday.