The Democratic Governance for Development project (DGD) is supported by INEC and the NHRC

More than 10 million dollars (about N160 million) has been given  to 18 civil society organisations to promote voter education in Nigeria,the Democratic Governance for Development Project (DGD) said  on Friday.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the coordinator of DGD Project 11, Mourtada Beme,said the project is supported by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the National Human Rights Commission.

According to him, over 300 youth leaders,750 election security personnel and 370 security monitors had been trained tocontribute to the peaceful conduct of elections.

The coordinator said the DGD would also concentrate on its efforts to improve democratic functioning of political parties, professionalising their administrations and strengthening inter-party dialogue among them.

Beme said the objective of the project was to strengthen the country’s democratic character and promote outcomes that would advance its democratic governance.

“As a driving force for strengthening accountable and responsive governance,and for consolidating democratic governance, the project provides technical and financial support to INEC to carry out its enormous task. We also support Civil Society organisations and institutions such as the judiciary, media, national and state assemblies and the political parties,? he said

The coordinatoralso stressed the need for  the  government to enhance the role of the media in promoting good governance and empowering  the women and the youths.

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