JDPC Urges Kogi Govt. to Complete Contracted Water Projects in Okene, Lokoja

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Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Catholic Diocese of Lokoja has called on Kogi State government to match words with action by expediting action the various water projects in Okene, Lokoja and some other communities in the state.
The coordinator of JDPC in Lokoja, Rev. Fr. Leonard Odomeja made the call in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lokoja.
Odomeja urged Kogi state government to expedite action on plans to reticulate greater Lokoja water to yet-to-be-served areas in the state capital.
“The JDPC team has visited the project site of the Okene water Works which was flagged off by the state government on  April 7, 2018.
“The team was also at the Ministry of Water Resource where it was gathered that contractors would soon be mobilized to commence work on the old Okene water works and to reticulate greater Lokoja Water to Felele and Sarki Noma communities in Lokoja,” the statement read.
The JDPC, in the statement, said it has trained 130 community leaders on how to improve water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in their communities through engagements with duty bearers and philanthropic organisations.


Odomeja said that the participants who were mostly traditional rulers, leaders of youth, women and socio-cultural groups were selected from 13 communities spread across the three senatorial districts of the state.


He explained that the training was organized in furtherance of the JDPC’s 2018 Legislative Advocacy Project being implemented in the selected communities of  Ege, Idoji, Adogo, Obangede and Idah.


Other communities where the project is being implemented are  Ankpa, Ayingba, Ejule, Agaliga, Adankolo, Kabawa, Felele and Sarki Noma all in Kogi Central, Kogi East and Kogi West  senatorial districts.


According to him, the training is an intervention designed to equip the communities on how to write and present charter of demands to duty bearers.


The statement said that the training sessions were held in Okene, Ayangba and Lokoja from June 18th -25th, 2018.


He  said that the trainings covered areas such as objective of citizens charter of demands, good practice of citizens charter, steps in formulating citizens charter, contents  of a charter and fundamentals of a good charter of demand.


It said that the trainings were important parts of legislative advocacy project being implemented in the benefiting communities.


JDPC expressed delight that the participants had at the end of the capacity trainings come to realize that there was the need to logically engage their duty bearers.


“They have also expressed their readiness to begin to engage their representatives at various levels and those seeking their votes into various elective offices,” the statement said.


The JDPC said that it will look into the possibility of extending the training to some other communities in the state as recommended by participants.

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