A Non-Governmental Organisation, known as Hipcity Innovation Centre, on Tuesday, called for grassroots inclusion in budget preparation and implementation and also for the federal government to adopt a co-productive approach for budgeting and planning in the rural areas.
The Executive Director, Hipcity Innovation Centre, Bassey Bassey, made the call in Abuja, at the premiere of a documentary produced by the organization titled ‘Echoes of the People’ which intends to expose the pathetic plight of citizens in rural Nigeria.
According to Bassey, the documentary is making grassroots people voice out their condition and also to be carried along in the scheme of things and not necessarily only to be recognized and remembered during political campaigns.
He also decried the neglect of rural people by the various levels of government, “A lot of time we pay attention to the government at the Federal and the State levels, and no one really pays attention to the government at the grassroots, which is the Area Council and the Local Government.
He also decried huge money spent on overhead at the Area Councils including bloated spending on office renovation, buying computers rather than the main community development that is supposed to change the narrative of the people.