The ‘Visit Every Community’ drive, tagged as VEC is one of V2P’s strategy to promote accountability and effectiveness of target Local Governments in Anambra State.

Facilities for Health, Education and Works were visited by Heads of Departments and Supervisory Councillors along with partner staff and COMEN members to jointly identify challenges of the facilities and begin to work together to improve service delivery.

“It provided a rare opportunity for the Local Government officials to interact with service providers and find out the actual situation of things” stated Eucharia Anekwe, JDPC Awka’s Programme Manager.

VEC was carried out in two phases, using learning from the first phase to improve the collaboration between communities and their representatives. A comprehensive document containing the success and challenges of facilities in all the communities was compiled by community leaders based on the findings from VEC for easier engagement of the duty bearers.

The VEC report which contains information on government projects in the communities from V2P’s target sectors (schools, water and sanitation facilities, health facilities, road/culvert/bridges, markets) were disseminated at a consultation meeting held on the 24th of June 2015. The report was also validated during the meeting which included 12 Traditional rulers, 25 women leaders, 23 President Generals and 11 COMEN members. This document will form another advocacy tool that will be used by communities through the community leaders and COMEN.

Next steps were also decided during the meeting in consultations between duty bearers and communities, as action plans for the next phase of the meeting which will include the duty bearers from the state level were developed.

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