Civil groups convene to critique President Jonathan’s Midterm Report

President Goodluck Jonathan

The group refers the midterm report as “rosy”.

A civil group, Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (Centre for Transparency Advocacy) is convening a forum to critique President Goodluck Jonathan’s mid-term report.

According to the group, the forum became necessary following a challenge thrown by the president in which he asked the public to assess and score his government’s achievements.

“On May 29 2013, the government of President Goodluck Jonathan presented a rosy mid-term report on the government’s performance and challenged Nigerians to set a benchmark “marking scheme” and assess the government’s performances for due appreciation. Since this presentation, the Nigerian public in the last few weeks have been inundated with claims of “unusual” achievements by aides of the President, using the ongoing platform of the Ministerial Mid Term Report packaged by the administration through the Ministry of Information,” the group said.

It added that since the presentation of the midterm report, however, civil organisations were yet to pick up the gauntlet and challenge the government on its programme and performance so far.

The group then stated that during its forum which will take place on Monday July 8 at New Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, erudite discussants and participants with different professional background and affiliation from across the country will review various reports presented by the administration on essential social sectors of the economy such as education, health, transportation and agriculture.

According the group’s chairman, China Amadi, the strategy will be to critique the presentations of various Ministries and juxtapose listed achievements with the realities on ground.

“The forum shall also ascertain the contributions of beneficiary communities in the conception and implementation of identified projects,” he said.

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