By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
Restoration Of The Dignity of Womanhood (ROTDOW) is partnering with Afrihealth Optonet Association (ATA) to organise Sustainable Citizen participation in communal development in Okitipupa, Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo state.
Speaking with journalists in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the state ROTDOW Coordinator, Mrs. Olabisi Omolona gave the highlight of her NGO in Okitipupa Local Government Area to include composition of a 20-member Community Consultative Committee (CCC).
Through the Committee, she said, citizens will be able to engage with government on a regular and sustained basis by involving Political Office holders who only made themselves accessible to citizens when soliciting for their votes.
Being one of the sub_recipient of Afrihealth Optonet Association’s funded UNICEF project, a network of Civil Society championing the project she said has commenced the implementation activities in Idepe Okitipupa.
According to her, the United Nation’s Democracy Fund (UNDEF) project is to establish 20 Community Consultative Committee in order to formulate the SCP Plans of action (POA), the institutionalisation of citizens participation in Local governance decision making, development and Democratic processes in Okitipupa local government.
Omolona recalled that sometime in 2017, the National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of Afrihealth, Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje disclosed that the UN programme tagged “Sustainable Citizens Participation” is targeted at Niger Delta states in Nigeria for empowerment.
ROTDOW, she said, has successfully organised a stakeholders meeting at Idepe which was well attended by Jegun of Idepe who was resented by High Chief Sarumi, while the quarters were represented by their Chiefs, Iyaloja of Idepe, Mrs Dorcas Alailedoye and Artisans across Okitipupa local government.
Other projects executed by ROTDOW, Omolona said, include building of Oba’s palace, buying of generator for town hall and building skill acquisition and empowerment for Youths in their numbers and construction of roads for easy passage of farm products to the community and neighbouring markets.