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EU to partner NGOs to boost democracy

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—THE European Union Increasing Non-State Actors’ Implementation and Development Expertise, EU-INSIDE, has said it will collaborate with non governmental organisations in the country for the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.

Programme officer, South South of the of the organisation, Mr Ambrose Onne Okpu, stated this, yesterday, in Okuokoko,  Warri, Delta State while fielding questions from newsmen at the end of a three-day workshop on Capacity Building for Relevant Stakeholders on Democracy and Governance organised by Global Peace Development and EU-INSIDE.

He explained that the essence of the workshop was to build capacity towards sustainable democracy in Nigeria, adding that the group was interested in the growth of democracy in the country.

Okpu said, EU-INSIDE was out to ensure good governance at the state level down to the grassroots, adding that it was “a bottom up process from the community down to the state.”

According to him, the donor agency, EU-INSIDE were poised to stimulate the people towards taking active part in the democratic process and urged Nigerians to have a say on who governs them.

Earlier, Executive Director of Global Peace Development, Mr Ebruke Esike, charged Nigerian leaders to be transparent and accountable to their people. He stressed the need for women to be given greater opportunity to take active part in the politics of the country.

Saying that part of the workshop was on how to strengthen Nigerian democracy, he said the group was to come out with a governance network that would be initiated by the EU_INSIDE to monitor governance in Delta State and to ensure accountability.

Fielding questions from newsmen, one of the participants, Mr Eliot Odiushovwi thanked EU_INSIDE and Global Peace Development for the workshop and urged the EU_INSIDE not to relent in their effort towards the sustenance of democracy in the country. He said such workshop should be organized more regularly so as to educate the people on good leadership and followership.


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