Center for Human Rights, Health, Ethnic Harmony and Livelihood Development (CHHELD), a Non-Governmental Organization in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria has submitted lists of demands as vulnerable needs to be urgently addressed by the Rivers State Government
The NEEDS assessment exercise, which was carried out in four communities of Sama and Ido in Asari Toru LGA and Obuama and Ipokuma in Degema LGA is aimed at addressing the social and economic challenges posed by infrastrure deficits in the affected areas.
The NGO, which partners the British Council said, the outcomes of the NEEDS assessment were presented to the chairmen of the two local government areas for inclusion in their 2023 appropriation bills.
According to them, ”the NEEDS of Info community presented to ASALGA chairman include; fencing of community secondary school, Idk provision of electricity prepared meters to the households, human capital development, medical equipment/personnel for health centers in Idk and pipe borne water to the sand field areas to avoid waterborne diseases amongst others.
For the Ipokuma and Obuama communities in DELGA, the group proposed the construction of modern toilets to reduce open defecation as commonly practiced by residents, conference center for social gatherings, human capital development, rehabilitation/construction of drainages and provision of corpses lodge for the NYSC members etc.
The programme, which was funded by the British Councils European Union Agents for Citizen Driven Transformation programme (EU-ACT), was aimed at assessing the vulnerability levels of communities using Participatory Vulnerability Analysis (PVA) and Participatory Research and Action (PRA) tools for them to make inputs on affecting them so far.
This so, since the local government administration is the closest to the grassroots , and supposed to fill in the gaps in the provision of basic social amenities to improve citizens wellbeing and security.
Speaking during the meeting, Chairman of Asari-Toru local government area, Hon. Onengiyeofori George, praised the efforts of Sa-Ama and Ido communities for carrying out this exercise and bringing forth their vulnerabilities and NEEDS to the notice of the council.
Also speaking, Chairman of Degema local government area, Hon. Michael John Williams, appreciated the teams for carrying out this important exercise and assured the communities of the council’s intervention as regards the vulnerabilities presented.
Williams used the opportunity to call on other communities in the local government area to follow suit in carrying out vulnerability and NEEDS assessment in their communities.
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