2023: CSOs travel to assess the legislative performance of members of the National Assembly
Udora Orizu in Abuja
Civil society organizations (CSOs) with an interest in legislative governance have announced an appraisal system to assess the performance of members of the National Assembly with a view to increasing their service delivery to citizens.
The organizations, which included FixPolitics Initiative, CISLAC, Center LSD, Social Action, AFRICMIL, Accountability Lab, Spaces for Change, CNC, WEWE Network Africa, ICIR and OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative, said at a press briefing yesterday that they intended to engage legislators to recognize those who succeed and challenge others to step up their games for the benefit of citizens.
Speaking on behalf of CSOs, the Executive Director of FixPolitics, Mr. Anthony Ubani, explained that the essence of the initiative is to elevate the citizens’ office to its rightful place in democracy.
Ubani noted that as the 2023 elections approach, citizens will use these stewardship assessments to hold members of the 9th National Assembly to account and engage in associated conversations during campaigns.
He said: “We have decided to organize ourselves around the seminal and exclusive mid-term report of the National Assembly rendered by Feuilleton since July 2021 until this day. We can build mutual trust and work together to create a better country. This is why our carefully considered approach is to engage the National Assembly on a non-adversarial basis anchored on a two-pronged platform. The platforms are Legislative Accountability and Recognition and the Rrward System to incentivize performance for the benefit of citizens.
“In other words, as we ask informed questions and demand answers about the performance of elected officials on behalf of citizens, we will also be happy to highlight and salute the impressive service delivery by legislators and the legislature. .
“As the 2023 election approaches, we are confident that citizens will use these stewardship assessments to hold members of the 9th National Assembly to account and engage in associated conversations during campaigns.”