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EU Empowers 13 Civil Society Groups in Nigeria

Tony Ailemen, Abuja

As part of its efforts to promote democracy in Nigeria, European Union EU Mission to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, yesterday announced plans to donate items used in monitoring the 2015 general elections in Nigeria to 13 Civil Society organizations in Nigeria.

The various equipments and items are part of those used by the EU Election Observer Mission to Nigeria to monitor the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, applauded to be one of the best to have been conducted in the country The Head of the EU Delegation in Nigeria, Ambassador Michel Arrion, in a statement, said the donation of the items to the Civil Society organizations has been scheduled to take place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Thursday, Ambassador Arrion, while briefing Newsmen in Abuja at a Media Luncheon, yesterday had applauded President GoodLuck Jonathan for conducting the election described as the best ever in the history of democracy in Nigeria.

He noted that the decision by President Jonathan to accept the results of the Presidential election and keeping to his promise to conduct credible election has further helped to improve the country’s image. The entire world had, according to him, “watched wither interest as the country went to the polls in March, knowing that if the country faltered, it would be sending a wrong signal to other African countries”Ambassador Arrion, while also commending the winner of the Presidential election, General Muhammadu Buhari, called on the incoming administration to sustain the gains so far achieved.

“ Going forward, we would want to see Nigeria building on the experience of the last elections as it consolidates its democracy “ adding that “ democracy only makes meaning to the common man to the extent that it delivers good governance, create opportunities and improves the quality of living” “The incoming administration will have a lot to do in this regard, not only by ensuring a timely delivery of its campaign promises, but also in ensuring that Nigeria’s massive population is galvanized into a formidable productive force that will generate wealth commensurate with the country’s immense economic potentials” He also announced that the EU in Nigeria, will be commemorating its historical roots on Saturday the 9th of May, a special day set aside as the Europe Day, to mark the 1950 integration of Europe.

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