The context of a country matters-The case of Nigeria. Nkoyo Toyo Innovations in accountability and Transparency through citizen’s participation . Introduction.
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Innovations in accountability and Transparency through citizen’s participation
In 2007, the CSO group moved to work out tools for engaging the new government of Yar adua particularly challenging its vision to make Nigeria one of the top 20 economies by 2020. Also seeking for engagement with Vision 2020 long-term developmental plan. The basis for this new engagement has been Yar adua’s campaign manifesto entitled, End Poverty, Develop Nigeria, his promise that “the United Nations Millennium Development Goals is our guide” and his personal commitment to “confront poverty” if elected. On the strength of these commitments some groups are counter posing alternatives to the market and growth model on which 2020 is predicated. A CS think tank is closely monitoring the 2020 formulation process, working with insiders and intervening through participation in committee work based on research. Also by pushing for the harmonization of the 2020 vision with the MDGs, NEEDS2 and Yar’adua’s manifesto.
The mass media, especially the private television stations and newspapers, became the vanguard of the struggle and they ran a very effective name and shame campaign against legislators supporting the third term agenda. Even musicians came in with songs and poems condemning the third term plotters. Street kids were the final arbiters. They started beating up legislators from their constituencies who were supporting the third term agenda. At the end of the day, legislators realized that supporting the third term agenda was not in their future interest and the whole plan collapsed. Over what lasted for one year or more considerable agency and democratic citizenship was animated. The question that followed was how to sustain the tempo arising for such a moment of collective action.
need to be more accountable to people they aim
to support—and who they pressure to reform.
Foster greater Openness which can also help to build trust in government.