Enugu — Enugu State government has urged that the Federal Government-initiated Good Governance Tour of the 36 states of the federation should be sustained periodically to ensure that governors must give account of their administrations to the people.
Acting governor of the state Sunday Onyebuchi made the call in Enugu yesterday while receiving Minister of Information Labaran Maku and his 105-man entourage that paid him a courtesy visit.
"So I believe the good governance tour programme is a good one which I think should be sustained periodically, which in its own way, will make the governors of the states know that there is a forum where they need to give account to the people.
"We believe by the time we listen to you, we will be able to learn how we are doing well and how we are not doing well and how we can improve on how we are doing things", he said.
He said Enugu accepted to host the good governance tour team because "we believe that it is not just enough for the people of Enugu State who see what we do, who enjoy the services we provide; it is also important that people outside the state know that Enugu State is the place to come and invest. It will also afford us the opportunity of having our people tell us how they feel about what we are doing, and then give us the opportunity to improve on the way we do things."
Earlier, the minister of information, Mr. Labaran Maku, told the audience that the tour was not a partisan exercise but a federal government-initiated programme meant for all the political parties to rub minds together on how to improve on the nation's democracy.
"This tour is not about any particular political party. It is a tour made up of all the media houses here; they are not politicians. All the media houses in Nigeria are represented in this programme. The journalists are not politicians; they are media people. Even the civil society groups are all here. So they are not representing any political party. It is a media national programme that will assess political progress frankly and sincerely," Maku said.