TMG LEADS CITIZENS’ CHARTER MOVEMENT AHEAD OF 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS, CALLS ON NIGERIANS TO SET AGENDA FOR CANDIDATES
Tuesday October 30, 2018
The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has announced plans to lead Nigerian people to demand accountability and set agenda for candidates of various political parties running for the 2019 General Elections, through the launch of Citizens Charter Movement.
The Chairperson, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi said in a statement today that this is important to address the continued disconnect between promises made by political parties in their manifestoes and the aspirations of the Nigerian people.
“With a properly planned charter, signed and delivered by each candidate, the People will have a tool with which governance can be measured and people can insist on accountable government”, the TMG chair said. According to the plan, the TMG will congregate citizens to develop a charter of demands that will make political parties and elected representative more responsible and accountable prior, during and post elections.
The initiative will also aim at promoting a strategy that will support more citizens’ participation, strengthen accountability and ensure inclusive processes in Nigeria.
In line with the objectives, Dr. Abiola-Akiyode said TMG has been able to inaugurate the Citizen Charter Movement in 17 states in the South West, South East and South South, Nigeria.
TMG has also set up mechanisms upon which Nigerians will convey their aspirations through town hall meetings which will allow for the desired engagement with candidates ahead of 2019.
As at today thousands of Nigerians have volunteered to be part of the organised Charter Movement which began with the Osun State Election in September 2018.
The Chairperson states further that, TMG has been in consultation with other key stakeholders including labour, the private sector, informal sectors, religious, minority and indigenous groups, people with disabilities, youths and women associations since the Osun elections..
The consultation is to ensure a wide stakeholder buy into the draft charter of demands which emerged from the various retreats organised by TMG in partnership with the Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL). TMG will continue this engagement in the Northern zone in November and also launch the town hall meetings across the 36 states in December 2018.
At the meeting which held in Calabar, Cross River today, TMG resolved that members should begin consultations through town hall meeting to ensure that political parties and their candidate in the states sign the peoples charter ahead of the elections.