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NPO Reports set to hold one day dialogue meeting to seek accountability over campaign promises

NPO Reports is set to hold a one-day dialogue that will bring politicians and prominent members of civil society organisations together to seek new ways to hold politicians accountable for the promises they make to the electorate during the electioneering process.
The program is slated to hold at the Nigerian National Merit Award (Merit House) Abuja on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

The Editor in Chief of NPO Reports, Mr Semiu Okanlawon made the disclosure in a press statement.

According to Okanlawon, the theme of the one-day dialogue, “2023 & Beyond: Tracking Campaign Promises for Good Governance” is to ensure that political office seekers and the electorate begin to treat campaign promises as accountability issues for the sake of good governance.

He said, “Holding in the thick of campaign promises ahead of the 2023 general elections, former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr John Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and others have been listed to speak at the event, which aims to set new agenda in electoral campaigns in the country.”

” Others expected to speak at the one-day dialogue, which is also to mark the 12th anniversary of the NPO Reports (formerly Nigeria Politics Online) are Prof Lai Olurode, a former National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and former Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer of the National Women Trust Fund, Mrs Mufuliat Fijabi.”
The event will also feature a panel discussion which will be moderated by frontline columnist and the Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of Leadership Newspapers, Mr Azubuike Ishiekwene.

“To be on the panel are a former Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and current Executive Director, of Agora Policy, Mr Waziri Adio; Chief Executive Officer, of Connected Development, Mr Hamza Lawal; a University Don Prof. Abiodun Adeniyi of the Baze University, Abuja; and CEO of Omalicha Radio and former Editorial Coordinator at the Organisation of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) News, Angela Agoawike.” The Editor hinted.

Okanlawon further explained that journalism has a huge role to play in turning campaign promises into accountability issues.

“Over the decades, not even the politicians who mount campaign boxes are conscious of the sanctity of the promises they make.
Oftentimes, there are no records of those promises. Whereas, the electorate, often takes electoral decisions on the strength of the promises made.
“Sadly, there are no mechanisms for tracking these promises, and there is a dearth of tools to force them back to their promises to achieve redemption”, he added.

Other dignitaries expected at the event are representatives of civil society organisations, especially those working for the fine-tuning of the Nigerian political space.

Some of these include YIAGA Africa, International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Reporting, Fix Politics, BudgIT, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, the Nigerian Women Trust Fund, the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) and the Socio-Economic Rights Accountability Project (SERAP).

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