V2P partner the Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) Onitsha has supported eight LGAs
to build stronger local government structures and institutions that encourage participation, transparency and accountability.
At the beginning of the V2P project, these LGAs had no written development plans, and communities did not participate in their activities. Since then, V2P has supported 52 heads of departments (HoDs) in education, health, agriculture, works and rural development to conduct budget planning meetings where communities’ priorities and needs – gathered in an entirely inclusive and participatory approach as charters of demands – were considered and used to help shape LGA plans.
The project has also strengthened the capacity of both LGA officials and communities to monitor and track the accountability of projects. Training has been provided and the first joint project monitoring exercise took place in January.
Joint monitoring, which involves councillors, HoDs and CBMs, will now take place each quarter, as part of the sustainable plan of further opportunities for community members and LGA officials to interact. So far, more than 57 projects in Idemili North, Idemili South, Ayamelum, Ogbaru, Anambra East, Anambra West, Ihiala and Dunukofia have been checked and reported on by communities.
Feedback from a V2P review meeting with community leaders, COMEN members and HoDs has been positive.
Ide Godwin Ezeh, Town Union Secretary of Oba community, says: ‘We are happy to hear them mention
some of the needs from our charter of demands. The demand for the construction of drainage in Oba and rehabilitation of Oba primary school was included in the budget implementation plan read by the HoDs.’