Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) partners with the National Orientation Agency on peacebuilding and elections

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) with National Orientation Agency (NOA) met yesterday, Thursday 26 April 2018, to discuss area of collaboration and partnership to deepen democracy and foster development in Nigeria at the National headquarters of the Agency.
In CDD’s opening remark, the Director of the think-tank organisation, Idayat Hassan, emphasized on expanding our frontiers through citizen’s engagement and prioritizing partnership not just with other Think Tanks and mainstream civil society groups but also with government agencies like NOA. While introducing the works of the Centre, she explained that the organisation’s work cut across West Africa region and, for over two decades, the
Centre has been working towards enhancing the country’s democracy through research and policy engagement and ensure that democracy delivers development. Overall, what drives our engagement is the need to make governance works for all citizens. Coming here today is to express our interest to partner with the Agency on voter education ahead of the 2019 general elections, peacebuilding and how varying and multi-dimensional conflicts in
the country could be mitigated.

While welcoming CDD team to NOA, the Agency’s Director-General, Dr Garba Abari, buttressed the re-emphasised the importance of democracy to development though acknowledged the immediate need to address challenges confronting its progress. In view of the failure of traditional mechanisms to mitigate farmers/herders and other violent conflicts in Nigeria, he argued for the need to rigorously examine what is working and not. Of great
concerns to NOA, he said, are the large number of uncollected Permanent Voter Card (PVC, a relationship between the credibility of the electoral process and the phenomenon on vote buying/selling, political participation of women and persons with Disabilities (PWD). To address these, partnership is very key and working with credible organisation like CDD would indeed go a long way in addressing these problems. Dr Garba Abari expressed the agency’s
eagerness in collaborating with CDD especially in the areas of peacebuilding in the Northeast and other projects that will add value to the visions and goals of the National Orientation Agency.