A non-governmental organisation, The Women and Family Advancement Initiative (WAFAI) has blamed Nigeria’s socio-political and economic challenges on lack of good governance at the grassroots.
It regretted that the rural folks who constituted significant segment of the country’s population lived in abject poverty and were neglected in terms of socio-economic and political wellbeing.
Speaking in Awka, Anambra state at the South East Inauguration and Induction of Ambassadors into the WaFAI Grassroots Foundation, its Founder, Dr Francisca Obi explained that growing poverty and unemployment were fueling crimes and insecurity across the country.
She lamented that human and natural resources the country was blessed with were enough to cater for it population if not for its mismanagement.
She said, “Good leadership and governance is about the upliftment and development of those at the grassroots. If this is not achieved, there will be socio-economic challenges.
“Poverty and unemployment are on the rise and this is fueling crimes and insecurity in our society.
“At WaFAI, we recognise that government alone cannot solve these problems which is why since 2009, we have been carrying out empowerment projects in about five state. Now we are in Anambra to do same.
“The goal of the foundation is to promote good governance through community response services aimed at supporting grassroots development and better the lives of citizens.
“We equally advocate against crimes and social vices, corruption and election malpractice, especially as we prepare for the governorship election in Anambra come November 6,” Obi said.
A keynote speaker, Prof. Samuel Ezeanyika of the Department of Political Science, Imo State University, Owerri, stressed the need for increased advocacy and re-orientation of the people especially at the grassroots to vote for accountable leaders.
Earlier, State Chairman of WAFAI, Mr Paul-Chuks Umenduka said that the programme was targeted at interfacing with the public, private sector and community leaders towards building a better society.