NGO calls for engagement of communities in council’s project

HipCity Innovation Centre (HIC), has called on Local Government authorities in the country to engage communities on council projects .

The Executive Director, Mr Bassey Bassey, this known on Wednesday in an interview the News of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Bassey said that LGAs should open space for more communities engagement on projects as that was the reason for their establishments.

He said that from , people were not carried along on budgetary processes.

“This is the area councils need to work on, as many works are going on consulting them.

“They spent so much money on overhead and infrastructure the work that will bring development to the people,” he said.

Bassey said that the LGAs were set to engage communities where federal and states reach.

He added that local government autonomy should be adequately implemented, to enable them account for funds given to them.

“For the past two years find it so difficult to access the budget of councils in the country.

“In the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have 6 councils but none has functional budget, they don’t have website and media platforms,” he said.

NAN reports that HIC is a Non- Governmental Organisation, that has been working grassroots communities and urban slum settlements in the six Area Council of the FCT.

The aim was to support communities to document their needs, tell their stories and also engage their area councils on their identified , while seeking partnership area councils to provide the desired solutions.

NAN also reports that HIC recently premiered a documentary ‘ Echoes of the people’, and role of local governance in sustainable development.

In that documentary, they urged governments at all levels to pay serious attention to confronting Nigerians at the grassroots.

Some of the communities visited in the six area councils were Athena Rice Mill at Kuje, Rije community, Leyeyi Gwari community at Kwali, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Zuba spare parts among others. (NAN)