Stakeholders in community development in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State have called for their involvement in the execution of road projects under the Kafanchan Urban Renewal.
They also resolved to seek the release of all contractual documents for effective tracking, monitoring and evaluation to ensure quality and ownership of the projects by citizens in line with the open government partnership commitment on open contracting.
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This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting of the stakeholders held recently in Kafanchan on how to effectively engage with Kaduna State Roads Agency (KADRA) towards tracking ongoing work.
The communiqué, signed by Alhaji Abdullahi B. Zailani and Ambassador Godwin Kumai Akau said the advocacy, which was in collaboration with Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED), observed that there has been no community engagement on the project in Kafanchan despite the commitments of OGP which ought to help improve citizenship participation, perception and ownership in governance.
The stakeholders observed that there were no signposts or specific information concerning the contracts on the site, which further left community members in the dark.
They also noted that though work commenced on November 27, 2020, citizen groups have till date not been able to track, monitor and evaluate progress made.
They also advocated for an appreciable quota for local content to improve the level of skills, talents and quality of labour in the area.