Ahead of a scheduled Local Action Plan Orientation Workshop for the Area Councils in FCT, a joint team of DEAN and Center LSD visited Gwagwalada Area Council for a joint planning meeting and was received by the Secretary to Council and the Parliament Speaker.
The Secretary on behalf of the Chairman recommended specially packaged OGP Implementation Capacity Building exercise for all newly elected and appointed government officials as a requisite for effective government leadership and governance delivery. In his statement “I have not recovered from the session you held for us and I believe for any elected or appointed government officials to have what it takes to deliver governance, the OGP plan is crucial as a basic foundation of knowledge”.
The Secretary further stated that it is a shame that both citizens and development partners over the years have failed to partner with the local government level of governance to pursue development, which to him spells systemic errors; “I think it is a continuous error to ignore working with the closest government to the people under any excuse, because that is the shortest and most reliable path to achieving tangible developmental results, but both citizens and development partners have failed in this quest”. “I was personally surprised to see a different approach by your organizations who not only promised but showing commitment to your support promises, the Council commend you spirit and vision”
DEAN Initiative is committed to deepening governance delivery and value at the local level and with the support from Centre LSD and MacArthur, we will drive the change.