Residents of Sabo Tasha, one of the largest electoral ward in Kaduna state, say they have been abandoned by the Kaduna state government.
This was a popular complain among participants at a training on Contract tracking, developing Community Development Charter and Projects Audits organised by Coalition of Associations of Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED) for constituents of Sabo Tasha in Chikun Local government area of Kaduna State.
The training which held on Saturday, 12 October, 2019, at the Council Office of the Councillor representing Sabo Tasha ward, Hon. Kogi James Ganaka, gave the constituents an opportunity to interact with the media during the Media Panel discussion with representatives from Procyon News, Invicta fm, Freedom Radio and National Accord Newspaper.
A constituent, Mukhtar Arome, WO complained about the lack of presence of governance in the ward said it seems that the state government are punishing the ward for not voting for APC. He said the level of government projects in the ward and in southern kaduna is low compared to other parts of the state.
Responding to the complain, the facilitator of the media panel discussion, Joshua James of Open Kaduna Radio debunked the impression by referring to the 2018 Kaduna state budget which shows that Southern Kaduna had more capital projects in the budget compared to other senatorial zones of the state.
Yusuf Goje of CALPED while addressing the participants advised them to always hold the government accountable through active citizens engagement in governance. He said governance is no politicking.
Goje explained that contract tracking will help the constituents know what contract is sited in their ward, who it was awarded to, the cost of the contract, duration and other deliverables.
He stressed that developing a Community Development Charter makes it easier for the government to know what the people really want and hence making adequate budgetary provisions by the government when preparing the budget.
The Head, Social and Enterprise Development at CALPED, Danjuma Martins Dangwa Abbas, commended the the constituents for making themselves available for the training and urged them to take ownership of the processes of Contract tracking, developing the CDC and Projects auditing in their communities.
Veteran journalist, Eddy Ochigbo commended the councillor for making his council ward office available for the training and congratulated him for the award of Youth Ambassador bestowed on him by the Kaduna Youth Agenda , One Project Africa.
Ehis Agbon, Joshua James, Emmak Emmanuel Shuabu, Didam Laah were among the media practitioners present at the event.