Abuja – The European Union Support to Democratic Governance Programme is delighted to announce the successful completion of a two-day strategy and capacity-building retreat for the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions. This retreat was strategically designed to enhance the committee’s understanding of its pivotal role in addressing citizens’ grievances and complaints and to equip its members with the necessary tools for effectively resolving public petitions and complaints.
The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions plays a vital role in ensuring that the concerns and grievances of Nigerian citizens are heard and addressed through the democratic process. The retreat aimed to empower committee members with the knowledge and skills required to fulfill this important mandate efficiently and transparently.
Key Objectives of the Retreat:
1) Role of the Public Petitions Committee: The retreat delved into the committee’s mandate and responsibilities, emphasizing its role as a bridge between citizens and the legislative process.
2) Identifying Tools for Resolution: Participants engaged in discussions and workshops focused on identifying effective tools and mechanisms for addressing public petitions and complaints, promoting timely resolutions, and enhancing citizens’ trust in the process.
3) Strategies for Effective Engagement: Strategies for engaging with citizens, stakeholders, and government agencies were discussed to streamline the committee’s operations and foster collaboration.
The European Union Support to Democratic Governance Programme has consistently supported initiatives that strengthen democratic values and institutions in Nigeria. This retreat reflects the programme’s commitment to promoting transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in the democratic process.
As a result of this retreat, the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions is better equipped to serve the interests of the Nigerian people and contribute to the nation’s democratic development.