Written by Austine ELEMUE

Bello lauds democratic progress in Nigeria

Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Bello, has lauded Nigerians for the progress the nation has made in cultivating democracy. 

According to him, there has been opening of the democratic space, decentralization of governance process and the rule of law. 

The minister made the declaration in Abuja at the ECOWAS consultative meeting on decentralization of governance processes in member states. 

He said: “It is particularly a thing of pride to Nigeria as member state to have already begun the journey to decentralization of governance processes and powers, even before the supplementary protocol which was adopted by member states in 2001”. 

Bello, who was represented by FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, further used the occasion to reel out the robust operations of stakeholder consultative roundtable, call centre, among others by the administration as some of the mechanisms so far adopted to deepen decentralization of governance processes and democratic principles in the territory.

He urged the participants to fashion out strategies and measures aimed at addressing hiccups in the decentralization process across the region.  

Earlier in his opening address, the Commissioner, Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Commission, Gen. Francis Behanzin, remarked that the meeting would provide opportunity for policy makers, practitioners, development agencies and civil society organizations to objectively reflect on the success made so far, constraints and prospects for enhancing effective and efficient decentralization process in member states. 

The commissioner, who was represented by Head Democracy and Good Governance Division of ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Emmanuel Okorodudu, expressed optimism that it is only through effective decentralization of governance that democratic governance and principles can thrive.

 

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