By Godwin Otang
The Cross River State Chapter of the Inclusive Forum for Accountable Society (IFAS) has held its annual and last quarter review meeting in Calabar the Cross River State capital, sues for good governance.
Supported by Action Aid Nigeria, IFAS is a nonprofit making group that seeks to increase government effectiveness, accountability, and transparency at local and state levels; create opportunities for sharing and learning best practices in participatory governance, and increase citizens’ participation.
It is made up change change-makers from all spheres of life including civil society organizations, the media, and others.
Summary of the meeting held at the Basic Right Counsel Initiative (BRCI) office, 45A Emmanuel Edem Crescent, Federal Housing Estate, Calabar was also to support victims of rape in most communities in the State in the coming year.
During the review, the group said it became necessary after 12 months of operations in the State and the eventual end of the year, bringing to bear the need to commence another 12 months come 2024; the new annual budget, and a scorecard.
In his opening remark, IFAS State Chapter Chairman Dr. Josephat Ogar, commended the group “for impacting the State of Cross River in the past 12 months,” expressing confidence that 2024 holds better impact and results.
The Principal Counsel of BRCI, Barrister James Ibor, emphasized the need to ensure victims of rape in Cross River get justice: “We would support communities, especially Ofumbugha Community in Obubra, to ensure that victims of rape get justice.”
He warned: “But we would pull out from any community if we continue to get resistance from those communities.”