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Lack of political will deepening underdevelopment in Akwa Ibom communities – Survey

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A survey carried out by Accountability Lab Nigeria, in collaboration with Ford basis, has revealed that lack of political will by elected representatives has remained one of many components inflicting underdevelopment in some communities in Akwa Ibom State.

The Program and Studying Supervisor of Accountability Lab Nigeria, Mrs Ehi Grace, who said this on Saturday throughout a City Corridor assembly with some stakeholders within the State, disclosed that the conclusion of the survey was primarily based on the findings in Upenekang and Uquo in Ibeno and Esit Eket native authorities areas of the State.

Mrs Ehi, whereas decrying the reported circumstances of impunity inside the system, stated the group was working in the direction of constructing accountability and bettering on the decision-making processes by means of citizen engagement and inclusion.

She regretted that majority of neighborhood members are conscious of their powers in holding elected Representatives accountable by means of efficient residents’ participation however have failed to take action.

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She additionally known as for the institution of a social contract coverage between authorities stakeholders and the neighborhood, as such would affect on the neighborhood, positively.

The assertion learn in elements, “we wish to guarantee communities within the Niger Delta have an improved understanding of their rights and are higher outfitted to advocate for improved insurance policies in Public and Non-public choice making areas, therefore, important information had been collected from communities on their challenges.

“We found that public funds diversion for private use and lack of political will by authorities stakeholders and elected representatives are main causes for the slow-paced growth in sampled communities of Akwa Ibom.

“Our aim is to finish impunity inside authorities by constructing accountability and bettering decision-making processes by means of citizen engagement and inclusion.”

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