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CSCSD unveils People’s Assembly, Grassroots scorecard - ITREALMS

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The Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development (CSCSD) has unveiled the Nigerian People’s Assembly and Grassroots Score Report of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) cum High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2021, reports 

Dr Tola Winjobi
The National Coordinator, CSCSD, Dr. Tola Winjobi made this disclosure last weekend in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State.
He explained that the Nigerian People’s Assembly is a sort of House of Parliament debate which objectives include to bring together critical masses of Nigeria from across the country in an open forum to generate debates on issues affecting them differently and or collectively.

The Assembly, he also said, has the objective of collating and articulating issues of concerns and demands of the citizens emerging from Nigerian people’s assembly and present this before the government for action.

In addition, he said the assembly is expected to discuss the COVID-19 situation relating to loss of lives, vaccination, social protection and livelihood and link same to the relevant SDGs, where as provoking the political will and interest of governments in unbundling and prioritising the implementation of the global goals according to the country and regional context.

Further, Winjobi said the Assembly tends to bring parliamentarians face to face with the people to hear and respond to their demands.

“Of much concern to us this year is the involvement of the youth as critical stakeholders in development. Youth is a critical mass that attention needs to be focused on in view of the high rate of unemployment, insurgency, violent extremism, terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, and armed robbery ossifying peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development (SDG16) in Nigeria,” he said.

This, Winjobi who also is the Coordinator of the Nigeria People’s Assembly, said, it would be focused on three key areas to power a future that will be healthy, green and just.

Speaking in Oyo State at the occasion to mark the Nigerian Peoples Assembly 2021 as one of the events of the CSO global week for action, Winjobi noted that in order to crack the converging crisis of COVID-19, injustice, climate change and nature loss.

On the launch of Grassroots Spotlight Scorecard towards 2021 VNR HLPF, he said it assesses the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Nigeria and how it affects ordinary Nigerians.

Equally, Winjobi said, has become an annual ritual for the coalition to assess the performance of government on some critical indices of development as it affects the grassroots people including urban and rural settings of Nigeria.

Further, he said, the outcome of our deliberations would be presented as CSO SDGs Policy Asks to the government both at the state and federal levels.

“It then becomes a policy tool of engagement with the governments which would invariably inform policy decision of Nigerian government about the citizens. We urge our political leaders to step up in this Decisive Decade to lead the effort – to: uphold universal principles of care and cooperation, human rights and gender equality; support a zero carbon economy and green jobs; and ensure we crack the converging crises of COVID-19, injustice, climate change and nature loss,” he said.

CSO, therefore, called for a Great Recovery Plan with action in three key areas, to power a future namely through healthy, green and just.
presentation of CSCSD scorecard

Ayo Midele/Editor

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