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Thursday, July 12

IRI calls for domestication of parties manifestoes at grassroots level

The International Republican Institute, (IRI) has called on state chapters of political parties in Nigeria to come up with a state version of their parties manifestoes in other to capture the peculiarities in their respective states.

This is even as it canvassed for  the parties to implement better communication strategies among the various organs and branches of the party in other to create better synergy.

Programme Officer of the institute, Mr Sunday Alao, made the call at training for All Progressive Congress, APC, Ebonyi State chapter Leaders and State Working Committee members in Abakaliki.

The workshop tagged ‘Responsive Political Party Programmes in Nigeria’ held at Monablis Hotels, Abakaliki, the state capital and was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Mr Alao said political parties leadership at all levels have a  responsibility of ensuring that political office hosers elected  under their platforms fulfils their promises to the electorates.

He noted that the peculiarities in various states are often times not captured in parties’ manifestoes and called on states chapters to develop manifestoes for their respective states that will capture the peculiarities.

He argued that this will make their parties ideologies and programmew more sellable to the people at the grassroots.

According to him, political parties should make sure that all candidates of the party are schooled on the parties manifestoes to ensure they adhere strictly to them while in office.

Mr Alao further called on the political parties to adopt better communication strategies to be able to woo the electorates to vote for their candidates.

“The most important function of a party is mobilisation and their can’t be effective mobilisation without effective communication”, he opined.

The IRI Programme Officer, advised that parties in drafting messages should not just condemned opposition parties performance and programmes but should also profer better alternatives to solving the problems.

He said :”The objective of the workshop is to build the capacity of the political parties to be able to engage with citizens and also be able to develop policies that are focused and responsive to the priorities, concerns, and get input directly from the citizens”

“So, we decided that in order to ensure we have critical and productive engagement between the citizens and political parties, we should also secure the endorsement of civil organizations on their own based on their various activities in the state”.

“One of the areas we want to tap into their expertise is on service delivery issues; issues of health, education, water, and sanitation. Based on the work they’re doing, how can the political parties benefit from what they have observed as challenges and the possible solutions they can proffer”

“This is part of broader stakeholders’ engagement towards developing party policies in the state”, he added.

The State Chairman of APC, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu who commended the officials of IRI for the workshop described it as an eye opener.

He noted that the party would use the knowledge to build solid campaign strategies.

A Leader of the party in the state, Chief Uche Ega Ali said his party would take full advantage of the experience to mobilise its members.