As a way of solidifying teamwork and for purpose of member familiarization, the Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative (SI4DEV) Ibadan Group held its premier meeting after months of online interaction. The team comprising of partners and members met on Saturday, 7th April 2018 at Ofada Kitchen, Awolowo Avenue, off Sango, Ibadan at 5 pm.
In attendance were Mr Anietie Umoren, Ms Ako Oku and Mr Godwin Okocha. Also in attendance was Mr Shola Igbintade, a Representative of YALI Ibadan Cohort 6 Group.
As a way of moving the group forward, discussions were made around SI4DEV’S mandate, activities undertaken, ongoing projects proposed plans and improving members’ participation.
Mr Anietie Umoren reiterated that SI4DEV’S mandate centres on its focus areas namely: Enhanced Care, Quality Education, Economic Development, Good Governance. He also stated that the location groups are meant to fulfil the vision of SI4DEV in different locations.
Activities Carried Out In Ibadan So Far
The following activities have been carried out by the team:
- INEC Voters Registration Assessment: The group had done a 1-week assessment of INEC voters’ registration in 5 LGA’s within Ibadan metropolis. The LGAs visited were Ibadan North, Ibadan North-West, Ibadan North-East, Ibadan West and Akinyele LGAs.
- Presidential Aspirants Town Hall Meetings: The team had on March 6, 2018, observed the town hall meetings of two presidential aspirants- Omoleye Sowore and Fela Durotoye.
The team is currently working with YALI Cohort 6 Ibadan Group to embark on environmental sanitation and clean up. The project is to start with sensitization of traders of three markets namely Oje, Ojoo and Bere Markets, with the donation of signposts. In addition, letters of complaint are to be sent to Oyo State Ministry of Environment and Habitat, Oyo State Solid Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA) and various LGAs within Ibadan City to engage them on the issue of waste management in Ibadan metropolis. To this pictures of the worst hit areas of indiscriminate dumping of refuse have been taken.
The team agreed to carry out community needs assessment and situational analysis for communities in Ibadan in order to know the situation of the things and the needs of the people before embarking on any projects. They also suggested employing community participation in further projects/ activities.
Improve Members’ Participation
The group also brainstormed on how to improve members’ participation with the following strategies:
- Calling and following up inactive members
- Delegating assignments to them
- Making members contribute in cash and in-kind
Discussions and deliberations will continue on the online platform and another physical meeting will be scheduled when the need arises.