PERL facilitates constituency influence assessment in Kano
By Muhammad Hamisu Abdullahi
Recently, facilitators from DFID-Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) have converged in Kano city to facilitate a session on ‘Constituency Influence Assessment’ for the state.
The session was intended to assess the level of capability, representativeness and accountability of the state government.
It was a Focus Group Discussion, while its participants were drawn from both the government and the citizens’ circles.
After t an introduction from the participants, the State Team Leader of PERL, Malam Jibrin Ali Giginyu spoke on the objectives of the event.
Giginyu explained that PERL is committed to supporting the government in strengthening its process, practices and capabilities in order to ensure a more accountable and effective use of public resources.
The participants were from ministries, departments, agencies and citizens’ groups.
Government officials from relevant sectors, like the state assembly, Ministries of Planning and Budget, Finance, Local Government, Health, Education; Office of the Accountant General, Due Process Bureau, SERVICOM Directorate, Bureau of Land Management and Internal Revenue Service among others, attended the session.
Members of the civil society groups, like community based and civil society organizations were also at the event.
Others also at the session were the academia, traditional title holders, the media and even people living with disabilities.
PERL officials all the way from Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory also joined their Kano counterparts at the session – conducted in two days – Monday to Tuesday, February 10 and 11, 2020.
A PERL consultant from Abuja, Dr. Muhammad Bawa, spoke on ‘Constituency Influence Assessment Background and Format.’
Dr. Bawa elaborated on the roles and responsibilities participants were expected to play and perform and make a reflection on the process in order to improve the well being of the society.
During breakout sessions, the participants had worked on five thematic areas namely; budget, education, health, internally generated revenue and local governance.
They were guided by the facilitators.
All the thematic areas were assessed in three sections, namely; engagement, representation and inclusion.
The exercise involved applying certain scoring criteria in five levels, thus enabling partners/government to know their/its achievements and areas of improvement.
The participants objectively assessed and scored the government’s performance and recommended areas of improvement regarding the three sections in the way it engages the citizens, allows their representation and facilitates their inclusion in its activity planning and policy processes respectively.