By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”A United Kingdom based advocacy group, Stakeholders Democracy Network, SDN, weekend urged the people to intensify interest in the proper implementation of projects and financial policies of the state governments to prevent corrupt practices and promote development in the Niger Delta region just as it presented certificate of completion of Information Technology courses to over 66 people of the Elebele Community of Ogbia Local Government area of Bayelsa State.
Though the group said advocacy campaign in Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa States had led to the establishment of internet facilities in over six communities of Elebele, Ogbia (Bayelsa) and Oporoza, Ogborodo (Delta) to assist the people in monitoring issues of proper accountability in the financial record of the state government, the campaign is not aimed at ridiculing the state governors in the region.
At the inaugural graduation ceremony of the group in Elebele Community under the programme known as the Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in the Niger Delta, STAND,the Country Director, Mr. Inemo Samiama and the Senior Project Officer, Mrs. Olubunmi Chinedu explained that the project embarked upon in association with other civil advocacy groups such as the Pro-Natural International, PNI, the Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group, NDEBUMOG, and the Department of International Development, DFID, is aimed at encouraging grass root interest in the administration of their local governments and the state.
Inemo said the issue of development starts from the grass root and the poor implementation of policies in the states of the Niger Delta region has become worrisome and there is the need to give the people a push towards discovering their political rights as a people
â€œWith the interest and number of graduands, the centres established are being well used,â€ he declared.
The Senior Project Officer of the SDN, Mrs. Olubunmi Chinedu however announced to the Transition Committee Chairman of the Ogbia local government and the traditional rulers present at the occasion that the group will remove its yearly subsidy to the centre at the end of the year and hope the council administration will ensure the sustainability of the centre.