Ahead of 2019 general election, a Non-Governmental Organization, the Women United for Economic Empowerment, in collaboration with Action Aid, has taken steps to educate Akwa Ibom people on their rights, to enable them hold elected officers accountable to the people.
The organization which has selected 18 communities from six local government areas of Abak, Nsit Ubium, Ikot Abasi, Uyo, Ikono and Okobo for enlightenment demonstration highlighted key success, challenges and prospects in mobilizing citizens for successful poll in 2019 to avoid mistakes of the past.
At a two day sensitization workshop held in Uyo for facilitators of the project in various communities, the organization examined their project implementation in the selected communities with a new to increase participation of women, and disabled who were always neglected in the electoral process.
Addressing representatives from security agencies, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Disabled Associations and Communities, the programme coordinator, Aniema Udo said after the 2015 general election, Women United for Economic Empowerment carried out a post election research.
Aniema who represented the Executive Director of the NGO, in Akwa Ibom Mrs Patience Umanah remarked that the purpose of the workshop was to examine the success of citizens engagement in Electoral process in the past four years in the chosen communities.
She further said that the worship would provide an opportunity for reflection on their projects in Akwa Ibom to prepare citizens for 2019 general election and enlightened them to prepare for participation in the electoral process. Narrating the success story of how the programme helped them to attract government development project to their community, the facilitator of Abia Okpor community in Otoro Abak Obong, Emmanuel Umoren said the group taught them how to mobilize the electorate in their area.