National DevelopmentPress * MediaMass Media, Civil Society Organizations Urges To Sensitize Electorates

YOLA — Media Chiefs in Adamawa have stressed the need for the Mass Media and Civil Society Organizations to sensitize the electorate for them to elect credible leaders that have the yearnings and aspirations of the people at heart.

The General Managers of Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation, ABC Yola Mr. Alleni Ethan Dah and his counterpart of Pulaaku F.M Yola Alhaji Sambo Abubakar gave the charge while receiving a delegation from the non-government organized NGO, the Centre for Women and Adolescents Empowerment Yola separately in their offices in Yola.

They assured the delegation of continued partnership with the center on public enlightenment regarding the electoral process and democratic principle.

The General Managers used the forum to condole with the founder of the organizations Asma’u Joda over the demise of her father, Ahmed Joda who died recently at the age of 91.

The General Manager of Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation, ABC Yola Mr. Alleni Ethan Dah said the project being undertaken by the centre is a wake-up call for the electorates and politicians to revisit the pact between them during the electioneering campaign period.

“Projects being executed by elected representatives are being funded from government coffers as part of fulfilling their mandates and failure to do this means failure on the part of the elected leaders,” he said.

The General Managers of Pulaaku F.M Yola Alhaji Sambo Abubakar noted that “electorates were short-changed by politicians in the past as nobody held them accountable while they were in office pointing out that resources are allocated to various segments of government to execute projects for the benefit of the people.”

Sambo appreciated the enormous contributions by the centre towards giving the people a sense of belonging and sensitizing them on the need to have politicians with a clear vision that will impact positively on the art of governance.

Earlier, the Chair of the Centre, Hajiya Asma’u Joda said the visit was to solicit for continued partnership as the Centre get set to undertake the second phase of the project code-named “Transparency and Accountability” TAP.

She stated that “The first phase of TAP was carried out between 2018-2020 which focused on the State Assembly in Adamawa and Gombe states, while the second phase will cover only Adamawa state.”

“Engaging the electorates under the programme will start now before elections unlike in the first phase where it started at the point of election,” she said.

She appreciated the roles the media had played that have led to the success story of the first phase of the project and expressed hope that the tempo will be maintained.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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