By Raji Adebayo, IBADAN
The Director of Future Minds Development Initiative (FMDI), Dr. Tunde Ali has declared that it is high time every individuals irrespective of religious, status or tribe knows their roles in Nation building in such a way that all will be accountable as Nigerians.
Ali made this declaration while speaking with journalists on Monday in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital..
He maintained that part of the initiative by this non-governmental organisation in ensuring that every Nigerians knows their roles in this regard was the donation of hundreds copies of the book, Accountable Nigeria to many Nigerians since it was launched in 2018.
Stressing that the book examined several factors militating against the growth of Nigeria, which the feedback from the beneficiaries of the book was impressive.
Ali said Nigerians should shift from the blame game syndrome and start to embrace accountability in whatever they do.
According to him, “the vision of every community resident is to be empowered with requisite information as a tool for holding his or her government accountable.
“If there is no accountability, then democracy cannot work effectively, we want people to always lend their voice to promote accountability and ensure things work perfectly in their community.
“FMDI tries to answer questions about where funds are coming from, where they are going to and most importantly, to know how judiciously funds are being utilised at grass roots.
“This will not only strengthen Nigeria’s democracy, but also help citizens focus attention on issues that can bring about service delivery in rural communities during electoral processes.
“Lack of accountability is what causes corruption and accountability is important and must be supported toward making the poor access improved services in public institutions.”
He urged the people to always take community service work serious in order to achieve the set target.
He further added that the essence of accountability was to enable the poor access quality services by government as a matter of right they deserve.
“We must try to imbibe accountability and integrity as culture; we are not blaming anybody in government, all we are saying is every project should be implemented transparently.
“Every Nigerian, irrespective of political, socio-cultural groups, status or condition must be ready to play their role for Nigeria to progress.
“And essentially, what we focus is people empowerment. And in doing this, we look at the healthcare and how do we empower their mindsets.
“We want to let people know that what they are supposed to do as citizens, our political leaders, civil servants and citizens. What they are supposed to do.
“Number two, we want our people to understand what it means to be a citizen. So that when we say councillor or Governor did not do this, what is your own role in your own community.
“We want to make our people understand their role as citizens. So, we want our people understand their role, not just to hold government accountable but ourselves, how do we make ourselves accountable. That is really the focus of accountable Nigeria.
“It is not to blame anybody, it is to make ourselves accountable. How to move our society together. The feedback after the launch of the book was very good. It was like this time two years ago”.