Hon Peter Averik, Executive Chairman, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State has given account of his stewardship since he got the people’s mandate three years ago.
Presenting his score card at a zonal budget town hall meeting in Kafanchan, Averik said governance was about being responsive and accountable to the people.
LEADERSHIP reports that the town hall meetings were held across the three zones of the council in collaboration with Community Development Charter Champions and Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace and Development(CALPED).
The Chairman listed construction of two clinics at Kwarabe and Aso; renovation of primary schools at Abam, Gwandara, Madaki and Kogum River as some of his achievements in office.
Others are construction of Police outposts in Bakin Kogi, Kyeyya and Kogum River and free medical surgeries for 600 people among others.
He noted that under his watch, Jema’a was rated second in terms of accountability and transparency after an assessment of the 23 LGAs by an international auditing firm, Price Water House.
According to him, the rating had helped in attracting interventions from NGOs and donor agencies including USAID that supported the council in the areas of security, health and education.
“One other achievement we recorded in the last three years was our high rating by an international auditing body, Price Water House.
“They came and conducted an assessment of the budget process of the 23 Local Government Areas in the state and other things and we came second.
“Even if we have not achieved any other thing, with this rating we can beat our chest because it has attracted developmental interventions to our area,” he added
In his remarks, the Council’s Deputy Director, Budget, John Samson, stated that the town hall meeting was in keeping with one of the requirements of budget preparation.
Samson said citizens now had an opportunity to make inputs into the budget as against what was obtainable in the past where they were left out of the process.
“We are here to tell the people what we have done for them so far, and also for them to tell us their needs so it can be captured in the budget.
“Gone are the days when you just execute projects that you think the people need without engaging them,” he said
Also speaking, Danjuma Martins, the Head of Advocacy, CALPED, said the meeting was the first budget town hall meeting in Jema’a, held across the three zones of the council in Godogodo, Gwong and Central.
Martins restated the commitment of the civil society to its role of driving citizens participation in governnance.
Some of the ward and community representatives who spoke listed their most pressing needs and called for more engagement between the government and the governed.