The Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA Global Resource Initiative) has advised members of Lagos State Informal Workers group to ensure that monitoring of elected officials is taken as a major task after completion of election. This advice was given by the Executive Director of the lead Human Rights group, HURMA during a recent visit to the central office of HURMA in Shomolu area of Lagos State by the Informal Workers Association who visited on issues around fundamental rights of some of their members.
The Executive Director of HURMA, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak while addressing members of the Lagos Informal Workers group emphasized on the need to work with complete sincerity with whoever that is victorious among all contestants in the ongoing 2023 General Election.
“Our core target should be complete transparency and accountability, because only with this corruption can be reduced to its minimum and good governance is assured”
“Your elected public officers will only fail if you allow them to fail. It is your duty to ensure close monitoring and regular reminder of their fundamental objectives as enshrined in Chapter 2 of Nigeria Constitution under Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policies”
“Transparency and accountability are critical for the efficient functioning of a democratic society and for fostering social well-being. In a democratic environment, many powers are delegated to public authorities. Some assurance must then be provided to the delegators—that is, society at large—that this transfer of power is not only effective, but also not abused.
“Transparency ensures that information is available that can be used to measure the authorities’ performance and to guard against any possible misuse of powers. In that sense, transparency is the necessary template to achieve accountability, which means that authorities can be held responsible for their actions.
“Without transparency and accountability, trust will be lacking between a government and those whom it governs. The result would be social instability and an environment that is less than conducive to economic growth.”
The office of the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) was visited of Wednesday, March 15th by representatives of Lagos Informal Workers Association over issues that requires prompt intervention of the Human Rights body while some members of the team expressed willingness to become full members of HURMA.
The coordinator of HURMA in Somolu, Comrade Monsur Akinremi also contributed to the discussion around free and fair election and good governance. He said that people should be free to vote for candidates of their choice but most see it as a point of duty to monitor their elected representatives very closely after election to ensure proper accountability.