Less than two months that Positive Agenda Nigeria (PAN) released a report scoring Osun government low on civic engagement in 2019, Mr Oyetola’s administration had kick-started an interactive civic engagement in the state. The citizen engagement, Apero, which began on Tuesday 25th February, 2020 with Ifelodun Federal Constituency, had been planned to hold in all the nine Federal constituencies in Osun State.
It would be recalled that on December 30, PAN, an independent research-oriented non-governmental oganisation in the state, had recommended that “there is a need for redesigning of the team structure, training of the members on content production, content dissemination strategies and monitoring of the government and governor’s reputation in the next year (2020).
At the heart of improvement is the constant monitoring and evaluation of the strategic areas (team structure, content production and content dissemination). Monitoring and evaluation should be done using formative and summative approaches. By formative approach, we expect the media team to have weekly, monthly and quarterly key performance indicators and do the overall evaluation at the end of the year, which is the summative approach.”
In addition, our researchers established that starting an open governance strategy in the nine Federal constituencies by the government in 2020 was born out of our findings in 2019. That time, “we asked the citizens in the headquarters of the 9 Federal Constituencies about their level of satisfaction with the information received during the one-year period of our analysis.
Analysis indicates that 23.40% of the citizens sampled in Ede, the headquarters of Ede South/Ede North/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency were not satisfied, followed by those in Osogbo/Olorunda/Orolu/Irepodun Federal Constituency (12.70%). Over 9% of the samples in Ila/Odo-Otin/Boluwaduro Federal Constituency were equally not satisfied with the information received between November 2018 and October 2019. The high level of satisfaction was only recorded in Iwo (18.10%), Ife (16.90%) and Oriade/Obokun (13.30%).”
Moreover, the choice of Apero by the government came to reality after “we asked the citizens to indicate the focus areas (policies and programmes) of the government they mostly received information about during the one-year period of our analysis. Out of 787 citizens, 11.9% got information on security, health and education followed by health (10.2%) and education (9.1%). Analysis also shows that over 5% received information on security, health, education and infrastructure. Surprisingly, 3.7% indicated that they received information on all the focus areas (security, health, infrastructure, industrial development, workers’ welfare and employment opportunities).”
Our team also observed that the government now operates a LinkedIn account- State Government of Osun-, an account that was absent between 2018 and 2019 when we analysed the government’s engagement with citizens of the state.
Editor’s Note: This is a press statement issued and signed by Rasheed Ademola, Adebiyi, one of the co-coveners of the Think Tank.