Justice, Development and Peace Commission,JDPC Catholic Diocese of Lokoja has trained 130 community leaders on how to improve water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in their communities through engagements with duty bearers and philanthropic organisations.
The coordinator of JDPC in Lokoja , Rev. Fr. Leonard Odomeja disclosed this in a statement issued yesterday and made available to journalists in Lokoja, Kogi State.
He said that the participants who were mostly traditional rulers, youth leaders , women and socio-cultural groups were selected from 13 communities spread across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Odomeja explained that the training was organized in furtherance of the JDPC’s 2018 Legislative Advocacy Project being implemented in the selected communities of Ege, Idoji, Adogo, Obangede and Idah.
Other communities where the project is being implemented are Ankpa, Ayingba, Ejule, Agaliga, Adankolo, Kabawa, Felele and Sarki Noma, all in Kogi Central, Kogi East and Kogi West senatorial districts.
According to him, the training is an intervention designed to equip the communities on how to write and present charter of demands to duty bearers, noting that the training sessions were held in Okene, Ayangba and Lokoja from June 18th, 25th, 2018.
He said that the trainings covered areas such as objective of citizens charter of demands, good practice of citizens charter, steps in formulating citizens charter, contents of a charter and fundamentals of a good charter of demand.
It said that the trainings were important parts of legislative advocacy project being implemented in the benefitting communities,expressing delight that the participants had at the end of the capacity trainings come to realize that there was the need to logically engage their duty bearers.
“They have also expressed their readiness to begin to engage their representatives at various levels and those seeking their votes into various elective offices, “ the statement said.
“The JDPC team has visited the project site of the Okene water Works which was flagged off by the state government on April 7, 2018. Also Ministry of Water Resource where it was gathered that contractors would soon be mobilized to commence work on the old Okene water works and to reticulate greater Lokoja Water to Felele and Sarki Noma communities in Lokoja,” the statement added.
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