By: Fortune Oyem
As part of measures to strengthen transparency and accountability in Nigeria’s HIV, Tuberclosis and Malaria Response, some Civil society organizations have converged for the 8th edition of the Civil society Organizations, CSO accountability forum in Abuja from Wednesday 8th to Thursday 9th, November, 2023.
In an opening remark, Chairperson of the peer review forum, Ize Adava who welcomed participants at the event, said “one of the objectives of the platform was to create an enabling environment where stakeholders can engage productively on the National HIV response.”
She added that” it was pertinent that in carrying out it’s multifaceted roles, the Civil society is also cognizant of the need for it’s continuing accountability and transparency not only to the stakeholders but also itself.
Ms. Adava explained that “the peer review forum recognizes the need for introspection within the Civil society to better it in the delivery of it’s duties towards the national response to the three diseases, to which end the theme” strengthening the Civil society transparency and accountability in Nigeria’s AIDS, TB and Malaria Response.
In a keynote address, Former Country Director, Action Aid Nigeria, Mrs Ene Obi, urged participants to uphold accountability by monitoring the implementation of Government Policies.
Mrs Obi urged Civil society organizations to continue to promote stakeholders participation, enhance Data sharing, build capacity and community engagement, feedback mechanism, share responsibility and leverage network.
In a panel discussion which featured three panelists on the roles and responsibilities of Civil society as the 4th Sector of Government and Moderated by a Peer review Forum member, Professor Morenike Ukpong, CSOs were urged to monitor the implementation of Government Policies and render account of what they do as they request for accountability.
In another panel discussion for building and sustaining a vibrant civil society alliance/Coalition, Moderated by Ibrahim Umoru, Civil society organizations were urged to leverage on organizations towards a shared objective.
Participants were urged to access grant via AHF ( Aids Health care Foundation) among others.
The event which has participants from the thirty six States federation with Abuja, also featured featured other panel discussion among others with questions and answers series.