West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF Nigeria) has indicated resolve to fight against acts inimical to good governance and collective interests of the Nigerian people.
At its Abuja Press Conference held over the weekend in commemoration of Nigeria’s 58th independence celebration, National Coordinator Abanka Musa unveiled the Affirmative Action 2030. The mobilisation and advocacy project will provide social capital infrastructure and support for attainment of Sustainable development in Nigeria.
According to the National Coordinator, “the project incorporates Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Framework at all levels of governance, private and social sectors. It also provides a social contract template for assessing performance of current and aspiring leaders in every State of the Federation”.
WACSOF NIGERIA noted that government’s refusal to support monetary policy through fiscal regime is creating hardship. The Forum decried recent institutionalization of vote buying by state parties, impoverishment and exclusion of Nigerians from participation in the electoral process through exorbitant nomination fees.
Abanka explained that the Forum is intensifying efforts in research and documentation, providing information resource and access, disaggregating data for evidence based advocacy, deepening activities on issues of environmental and social risk management, and reengaging strategic communications for stakeholders’ involvement.
WACSOF Nigeria Affirmative Action 2030 is expanding connections with development financing sectors, and deepening relationships with all tiers of government on issues of education, healthcare, science and technology, social welfare, environment, economic opportunities and accountability in governance. It is also mobilising member organizations for greater participation in emergent political space at all levels.
It is expected that the initiative will accelerate investments in infrastructure and resource development, improve education and healthcare sectors, encourage technology transfer, promote human rights and good governance, encourage free and fair election, unlock agricultural potentials, and deliver more goodness for all Nigerians.
Her Excellency (Mrs.) Margaret Udoh, Oluronke Ojeikere, Samuel Odebowale, Dr. (Mrs.) Stella Okafor and Hon (Mrs.) Agnes Abiodun were among the civil society leaders present at the Press Conference.