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3rd Biennial National Conference on Community Development in Nigeria

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The 3rd National Conference on Community Development in Nigeria, held from November 20 – 24, 2011 in Asaba, was organised against the backdrop of the 2011 General Elections, which was adjudged by both Local and International Observers as credible, free and fair. CLP played a critical role in the elections by promoting popular participation and electoral transparency through its civic and voter education activities in 193 Local Governments spread across the 6 geopolitical zones.

The theme for the 3rd Conference was “Popular Participation in Promoting Transparency and Democratic Accountability in Nigeria”. The Objectives of the Conference were:

  • set the agenda for engagement of grassroots communities in the demand for effective service delivery and public accountability;
  • explore what works, showcase innovative programmes that promote community participation in effective service delivery, community development, transparency and governance;
  • build skills of Community Development Practitioners, Civil Society Organisations and other Stakeholders on Local Governance and Grassroots Civic Engagement;
  • provide a platform for networking and forging of new partnerships for community-driven development and governance initiatives.

Observations and Recommendations

  • The Federal Government should, as a matter of urgency, remove the apex body of Community Development from the Federal Ministry of Health; and create the Federal Ministry of Rural and Community Development for effective coordination of community development programmes and enhancement of popular participation in governance and service delivery at the community level.
  • Nigerian citizens should live up to their responsibilities of holding public officers and government agencies accountable and take action to ensure that public resources are judiciously applied to meeting the needs of the people and promoting development.
  • The lack of transparency, accountability and high level of corruption within the polity leads to poor human development indices, decaying infrastructure, unemployment and mass impoverishment.
  • Women are still highly marginalised from development programmes and there is pervasive gender disparity at all levels of government.
  • Community policing, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, should be promoted and made effective by reorientation of the Nigeria Police and the general public to enhance the improvement of security in the country.

 Papers Presented

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