MAMA Centre, Voice Nigeria hold a Preparatory Meeting on Accountability Project
The MAMA Centre’s rightsholders across Udi/Enugu communities have been advised to participate actively in the ongoing target-led Accountability for Empowerment (A4E) project aimed at amplifying their voices in demanding accountability on the implementation of abandoned livelihood projects.
This call was made by OXFAM-Voice Nigeria Coordinator, Mrs Ijeoma Okwor, during a Project Preparatory Meeting held in Udi Local Government, Enugu state.
She encouraged the women to unite and amplify their voices to the government in demanding for better socio-economic packages like good roads, water supply, community centres and other livelihood projects that will enhance their living conditions and earning capacity.
Okwor urged the rightsholders to be vocal but not violent in their demands, while highlighting issues from follow up visits and promises made.
Also, speaking during the meeting held at Office of SLG to the Local Government, Director Legal MAMA Centre, Barr. Ola Onyegbula, explained that A4E is an advocacy Project designed by rightsholders in Udi LGA who desire assistance in the area of capacity strengthening to demand accountability from government on abandoned livelihood projects that would have improved their economic activities in Udi Local Government Area.
“The goal of the Project is that government completes abandoned roads to improve rightsholders livelihood”, she added.
It would be recalled that in 2018, MAMA Centre with support from OXFAM-Voice Nigeria implemented an empowerment Project titled EMPOWER, which was initiated by Amachala-Ngwo women rightsholders. The aim of the Project was to strengthen the rightsholders capacity to advocate to their state government for social amenities that will impact positively on their livelihood, specifically palm oil processing machine. The impact recorded from the project drew attention of women rightsholders from neighbouring communities who started seeking support from MAMA Centre.
Under the ongoing A4E project, the women rightsholders, majorly indigenous farmers from Udi Local Government Area approached MAMA Centre for similar intervention.
The meeting was graced by women rightsholders representing various communities in Udi