ACTIONAID GIVES SECOND QUARTER SCORECARD ON NIGERIA.
Uploaded by Michael George on September 29, 2021
The ActionAid Nigeria, an organisation working to end poverty,
has again advocated the functionality of every instrument of government for the desirable development of the country.
In a statement by the Communications Coordinator, Mrs Lola Ayanda, the General Assembly Members of ActionAid Nigeria led by the Convener Yusuf Ogwuzebe, in a virtual meeting on the State of the Nation, reviewed developments in government, politics, the economy, and security during the last quarter, especially as it affects vulnerable groups: women, children, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), and youths.
The organization demands full implementation of fiscal federalism, to eliminate the wholesale dependence on oil which makes Nigeria a monolithic economy. It notes that adopting the principles of fiscal federalism will be a practical approach to solving the challenges governments at all levels currently face, such as the generation and equitable distribution of income, efficient and effective allocation of resources, and economic stability.
AAN adds that revenue drive and allocation of resources can be done effectively by states and local governments with strong measures to curtail graft and corruption.
The General Assembly Members of ActionAid Nigeria believes that the cracking of the nation’s current security challenges requires increasing the manpower and welfare of all security agencies and equipping them with modern combat equipment, skills, and training. ‘The federal government must renew partnership with neighbouring countries to enhance intelligence exchange and information sharing that would help in quelling the insurgency and other sundry crimes.’
‘The state-of-the-art combat Tucano and Alpha jets newly acquired must be deployed immediately to help in further neutralizing the criminal elements with precision and bring the protracted insurgency to an end.’
‘Contemporary hi-tech security management networking as adopted by advanced countries of the world should be embraced, says the AAN.’
ActionAid Nigeria urges the Federal and state governments to explore different models to improve the work environment for medical practitioners. Health insurance is to be made mandatory with sound mechanisms to prevent corruption for universal healthcare coverage. Government must ensure that there are more funds to upgrade health care infrastructure, clinical equipment and therefore improve the welfare and work climate of medical practitioners to induce job satisfaction.
On constitution review, ActionAid Nigeria wants the non-justiciability of the provisions of chapter 2 of the 1999 constitution to be reviewed and amended by removing the non-justiciable characters and make them enforceable in line with international treaties which have been domesticated in Nigeria.
On the aspect of gender equality, AAN proposes that citizenship at the local level should be defined by residence and not by indigeneity; every Nigerian should have the right to reside anywhere in Nigeria and derive the benefits and resources accruable to any member of that society.
For the effectiveness of the Nigerian police and the tackling of insecurity in the country, the organization notes the urgent need to amend the constitution to allow for states to set up their various police outfits by taking the police off the exclusive legislative list and including some in the concurrent list.
The ActionAid Nigeria calls on the Nigerian government to rescind its decision on the Twitter ban as it has had a huge socio-economic impact not only on the lives of emerging young entrepreneurs who depend on social media for their livelihood, but it is also a counterproductive move for a nation seeking to create more jobs and reduce poverty as part of its post-COVID-19 recovery strategy. It notes that the issue also raises human rights and reputational concerns about the leadership of the country.
The 44th meeting of the AAN Board of Trustees which was held alongside the General Assembly, elected a new executive committee to pilot the affairs of the Board for the next three years. Those elected includes:
Jummai Umar-Ajijola, PhD: Chairperson
Imoni Mac Amarere: Vice Chairperson
James Dyesle Milaham: Treasurer.
By Abiola PETERS.