Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) with Support from Oxfam Nigeria and Make Tax Fair, Tody the 20th of May 2015 organised a seminar on tax justice.
The meeting which had in attendance a wide array of participants including the Coordinator General of Edo State Civil Society Organisations, Comrade Omobude Agho, The State Chairman of National Youth Council of Nigeria Mr Ajayi Innocent, Representative of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Tricycle and motorbike association ,legal practitioners,traders and Secretary General of the Traders Welfare Union,Religious leaders,Representative from Youth for Youths, civil society actors,and the media,saw the official inauguration of the Edo State Chapter of the Tax Justice and Governance platform,By the State Chairman of the Edo state Board of Internal Revenue Chief Useni Elama, who was ably represented by Bar Odabi Kingsley.
Action For Community Development was nominated and adopted by the platform members and organisations present to be the host for the secretariat, and Mr Sam Ajufoh the Executive Director of Action For Community Development is to serve as the coordinator of the platform.
Communique Issued at a one-day Seminar Organised by Action For Community Development on Wednesday the 8th of April,2015 at ACD Hall 32 Mission Road Benin City. Seminar Theme:The Role of Religion in the Prevention of Post Election Violence. The meeting which commenced at about 11:30am had Christian and Muslim leaders and members of civil society and some political leaders present. After deliberations, the following decisions was agreed on as contained in the communique. That Christian and Muslim Leaders nationwide, should pray for peace during and after elections. That they should preach the message of peace, during and after elections to their followers. That Christians and Muslims should create spaces to dialogue and collaborate to promote peace and mutual co-existence in their communities. That churches and mosques should develop pro-poor programmes that would help to empower their poor members and promote peace in the land. That both religions stand for peace and thus, their adherents should work to promote peace. It was also agreed that the message for promoting peace after elections should be communicated to as many Christian and Muslim leaders as possible. Traditional rulers and political leaders were enjoined to give their blessings to all political aspirants and maintain neutrality. It was also unanimously agreed that the national orientation Agency should be made independent of government, in order to effectively educate and re orientate the citizens, in order to break the walls of ethnicity and build a nation bound in freedom peace and unity. Signed by Sam Ajufoh Executive Director Action For Community Development & Seminar Convener for West African Liberation Theology Association. 32 Mission Road Benin City. Phone:08182243781,www.acdng.org
SEMINAR ON ROLE OF RELIGION IN THE PREVENTION OF POST ELECTION VIOLENCE
ACD has always given child and maternal health a top priority in our work . This was demonstrated in our recent participation and partnership with Society for Family Health in Evbuotubu community. we are happy that under five child survival is being given attention since this will ensure the next generation. We have continued to mobilize the community to respond to child health . The issues of malaria, diahorrea and neo natal health were freely discuss among participate who suggested ways of continue to ensure child survival.
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Positive Action For Children Fund (PACF) has indeed made a lot of impact in Evbuotubu community since the commencement of the Improved Community Safe Sex and Prevention of mother- to – child transmission (ICOSSAP). One of such landmark achievement was the Advocacy visit paid to the Local government Chairman of Egor Local government (The local government that the community is located) on the 22nd of April 2014. This advocacy visit was part of the activities outlined in the work-plan for the project. The community representatives were accompanied by delegates from Action From Community Development (The PACF grantee). The needs of the health facility located in the community was on the front burner. The spokesperson for the community Micheal Obasogie tabled the needs of the community before the LGA chairman which include the following:
Pipe born water, Security, 24 service delivery, A signboard for Identification
An Ambulance, Entrance gate
Adequate seats for mothers during immunization.
Funds to do outreaches programme on HIV prevention/Testing
Supplies of consumable of PMTCT Programmes.
The LGA chairman promise to act on the request.
Micheal Obasogie wth LGA chairman Mr Enobakhare
Micheal with community stakeholder
RENOVATION OF EVBOTUBU HEALTH CENTER
True to his words, the LGA chairman visited the community the next day. On the 28th of April 2014 , ACD and The Community Representatives paid a visit to Evbotubu Community Health Center to see what Egor Local Government Council chairman has done . The Chairman has installed pipe borne water , constructed the road leading to the Health Center, renovated the buildings and the old Generator was serviced.
Borne hole water for constant water supply
The serviced generator for the health center
Evbuotubu health center wearing a new look
Micheal showing Evbuotubu chairman the list of achievements of the advocacy visit