Stakeholders warn against destruction of public facilities – The Sun Nigeria

Ahead of the 2023 general election, stakeholders in Bauchi State warned citizens against the wanton destruction of public property and facilities during the elections.

Stakeholders expressed particular concern over the wave of violence by young people and supporters of political parties and candidates in some parts of the country.

This is contained in stakeholder resolutions at the end of a day-long conflict prevention mitigation dialogue meeting on Wednesday in Bauchi.

USAID State2State Conflict Specialist Mr. Mathias Yake, who read the recommendations, said there was no justification for the destruction of public facilities as economic sabotage.

Yake said damage to and destruction of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, basic education and primary health care service delivery, economic losses and waste of public resources were unwanted and self-destructive.

He said the recommendation also focused on preventing the impact of election violence on service delivery in the state.

According to him, the stakeholders call on the state Ministry of Education and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to sign an agreement with the political parties through the Independent National Electoral Commission. (INEC) before using school facilities for elections.

He said the agreement would commit political parties to pay for any damage caused to facilities during elections and to hold elections without violence.

Stakeholders also highlighted the need for sanctions for political parties that have vandalized WASH facilities and the need for awareness raising on the dangers of violence.

Yake said stakeholders also advocated for sensitization of citizens and politicians on their roles during and after elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dialogue was organized by USAID State2State with participants from government, civil society organizations and the media. (NOPE)

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