Some members of the Citizens' Platform network in Kano in line with the need to engage with their representatives and government officials towards the promotion of community development and as a way of taking action after their training, picked out pojects in their local governments and schools which have either been stalled, are yet to be completed or have been abandoned by the respective authorities concerned and wrote formal letters of complaints to the authorities about these problems and how they would like the problems to be addressed.
The network members in Ungongo LGA lodged a complaint about the extension of the Kofar Yamma Primary Health Care Centre, members from Gwale wrote complaining about the poor water supply in their community which has had adverse effects on the inhabitants of the community. Those in Dala filed a complaint about the abandoned construction project and dualization of the Kofar Dawanau, Dandinshe-Kwanar Madugu Road and Jakara Road. the contract for the construction of the road had been revoked in January because the contractor had failed to meet up the deadline for the project and no other contractor has been assigned the project since then.
They will be following up with the letters submitted till they get action on the matters/problems raised.
The Citizens' Platform network representives from Bebeji organized a step down training on Wednesday, 1st of May, 2019 for the traditional rulers, union groups and youth groups of their community, with a total number of 36 people in attendance. They remain committed to spreading the information and how to of active citizenship.
Another CP participant and representative, Murtala Dankanawa from Garko was actively part of the pre-tracking planning meeting and forum that engaged influencers and stakeholders in Kano on matters of budget planning on the 27th of Aoril, 2019. The round table discussion focused on tracking the 2019 Kano State budget with a focus on Garko LGA and has relevant stakeholders present such as the chair of the local government, personal assistant to the member of the state house of assembly, representative of the district head, opposition party members and women groups, various parties and citizens groups were present, village heads, imams, trade unions activists, politicians, civil servants, CBOs, philanthropists and others. The meeting provided strategies on how to engage influential personalities and relevant MDAs in implementing and tracking budget, shortcomings in preparing a realistic budget, creating more awareness concerning budget and budget tracking by citizens, target setting on budget , which resulted in setting up an advocacy calendar.
A third CP representive from Bichi, Ahmed Saye, organised a community demand survey across the 11 wards in Bichi and came up with a report on the citizens' needs from youth leaders, women groups, neutral individuals, village heads and others in areas of environment, health, education, agriculture, water and infrastruture. These documents have been submitted to the Kano ministry of Budget and planning in kano state.
Garko Budget Tracking
Garko Budget Tracking