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Group trains stakeholders on grassroots project monitoring, reporting

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By Lawrence Nwimo

A project partner agency in Anambra state, Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development (ECID), has trained key stakeholders on community reporting and project monitoring.

The ECID project, led by Justice Development and Peace Caritas, JDPC, is supported by Christian Aid, funded by the government of United Kingdom through UK Aid.

The beneficiaries received training in areas of oversight monitoring of projects in their locality, as well as reporting issues that border on community development and welfare.

The training was part of the JDPC agenda to create awareness and policy education on health and education through Ward Development Committee (WDC), School-Based Management Committee and community reporters, all trained to carry out oversight monitoring in their various communities to enhance collaboration with government on the community needs for development and improved welfare of community members.

The brainstorming event featured lessons given by Shadrach Nwekeagu on their roles in identifying health and social needs in communities such that community members avoid risky health practices and obtain information to take care of their lives.

Mrs Cynthia Arinze led the training on monitoring and community reporting, urging participants to take charge of developments and projects in their communities. She charged them to always back their findings and happenings around them with qualitative reports.

The group advised the participants to network with stakeholders to improve learning facility and learning standards, stating that collaboration with government and private organisations can attract intervention projects from governments and agencies.

In a remark, the project manager, Mr. Alphonsus Nwoye, said the programme was aimed at creating synergy between the government and communities in the state for inclusive development, urging the communities to show commitment in their attitude toward protection and ownership of projects installed in their various communities.

He reminded that ECID project was set aside to alleviate sufferings of vulnerable segments of the state, including the disability group, the adolescents, rural women and rural farmers in various communities in Anambra state. He restated that the project would help curb the gap of quality of education, healthcare and agriculture as concerned with their target groups which has direct effect on the people’s livelihood.

During the interactive session, Nwoye reminded the participants about the need to add value to water and shun the lukewarm attitude of neglecting care for water meant for public consumption. He urged them to take ownership of water projects in their area stressing that it was their duty to protect government establishments in their communities.

Meanwhile, a representative of the Christian Aid, Uzor Uzoma, urged the participants to take what they had been taught seriously and urged them to take responsibility for their community development. He urged them not to rely on governments for development, adding that there were areas they must function to aid development in their communities.

Also, the director of Civil Rights Concern, (CRC), Okey Onyeka, speaking on voter education ahead of the upcoming November 6 election in Anambra state, admonished the participants to shun vote selling, urging them to vote in leaders they believe will positively impact their lives and their communities.

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