Responsibilities of the PM

Responsibilities of the PM

The Good Governance Programme Manager is responsible for coordinating the good governance interventions of CCFN.

 

His Primary Responsibilities include:
Acting as National Assembly Legislative Liaison Officer.
Coordinating  the Think Tank Committee on good governance.
Coordinating the activities of the Diocesan Partners who are engaged in good governance.

Other  engagements.

As the National Assembly Legislative Liaison Officer, he has the duty to:
Monitor legislative activities (Bills and Committee works) in the National Assembly with a view to identifying windows for the Church’s intervention
Promote appropriate legislative advocacy that would foster pro poor legislation in the National Assembly.
Initiate strategies for fostering electoral reform, justice sector reform and facilitating pro people agenda of government.
Contribute in the development of a frame-work where the Catholic Church can be part of the process of building a Nigerian State with equal sense of belonging in line with the Catholic Social Teaching.
As the Coordinator of the Thiink Tank Committeee on Good Governance, he:
Intervenes through policy advocacy on issues of governance
Periodically engages policy maker through Catholic Secretariat for a for the promotion of good governance
Develops advocacy papers and briefs that reflect the position of the church on topical issues
Makes contributions to public hearings and Bills before the National Assembly.
While Coordianting the activities of the Diocesan Partners engaged in good goverrnance:
Help partners develop projects proposals for submission to donors
Conduct capacity building for partners of project implementation and advocacy engagements
Conduct monitoring visits to project sites
Review project progress performance
His Other engagemsnts include:
Conduct of civic education training on election observation and citizen participation in governance
Presentation of  papers on legal issue and rights of citizens
Participation in CCFN strategic planning sessions

 

Good Governance Week

As part of efforts to promote responsive and accountable leadership in the country, the Good Governance Week was successfully carried out in Kogi State in  2015.

 

The 3-day exercise which was marked on different locations in the state (Idah, 15-19 December; Ankpa, 29-31 December) featured interesting topics that made a huge impact among participatants. Some of the lectures delivered included:

 

Electoral Fraud: A challenge to Good Governance in Nigeria, facilitated by Dr. S.P. Idakwoji;

Leadership and Women participation in politics facilitated Dr. Stephen Makoji;
Corruption and Challenges of Good Governance in Kogi State: The way forward, facilitated by Dr. Baba Danjuma; and
Guidance to 2015 General Elections, delivered by Dr. Lawrence Achimugwu.
At the end of the exercise, 200 Copies of the thick wall portrait were distributed to the participants (100 for Idah and 100 for Ankpa)
A total of 295 participants benefited from workshop with 145 present at Idah while 150 Participants were present in Ankpa.

 

Electoral Transformation in Kogi State

The Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) in Idah and Lokoja diocese, via  suppport from the Good Governance Program has made a huge impact in entrenching sound, credible and peaceful elections in Kog State

 

.Activities

In November 2014, ahead of the 2015 General Elections, a JDPC team of Idah and Lokoja dioceses with 3 influential citizens carried out advocacy visits to INEC, the Police, Civil Defence and the political parties. The focus was citizens sensitization and participation towards the 2015 General Elections and 2016 Gubernatorial Elections.

 

On the 9th of December, 2014, the INEC Local Government Area Coordinator was  interviewed and the focus was on citizens’ particiation in the electoral process. Following this, the interview document titled ‘Citizens’ Participation’ was produced and copies distributed to over 200 persons during the Good Governance week.

To increase sensitization  efforts, the Nexus Newsletter (bearing  articles on citizens’ participation in the electoral process) was published and 1,000 copies widely distributed. In the same vein, civic education sessions (through special address to Catholic faithfuls after mass) were conducted in 20 selected parishes in the state.

Outcome and impact

JDPC was invited to participate in all INEC and Police briefings on the build up to the 2015 general elections in the state
JDPC is now one of INEC’s strong partners  and receives invitations to participate in most INEC activities.
Several calls for peaceful elections in the state were made by prominent leaders in the state including:
(i) The Bishops of Idah and Lokoja Dioceses;
(ii) The Attah of Igala and Onu Ibaji;
(iii) The Imam of the Lokoja Okene, Kabbah and Idah central mosques.
These further strengthened voter awareness and interest in the electoral process.
In response to the various calls, the government of Kogi State set up a community peace initiative involving the law enforcement agencies and the communities to work towards peaceful election in 2015.
The overall results have been very impressive: the 2015 general election in Kogi State was very peaceful; the Number of invalid votes in the Polling Units under Lokoja LGA reduced remarkably to 2481 as compared to over 5000 in the 2011 general elections.

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