The CEHRD team working on the Independent Community Media Project facilitated two (2) community town hall meetings in Wakirike Waterfront, Egede Waterfront, 2 waterfront slum communities located in Port Harcourt Local Government Area, Rivers State.
The discussions with the community members focused on key social issues like irregularities surrounding the continued threat of forced eviction from the Rivers State government without any plan of adequate compensation for landowners and discrimination towards tenants, issues of sanitation, access to potable water and the continued lack of health amenities.
The community members agreed to collectively explore potential solutions to the identified challenges and collaborate with civil society organizations for inclusive developments within the various waterfront communities in Rivers State.
Due to sustained engagement and town hall discussions on the irregularities identified under the GMOU cluster board in Bayelsa state, community representatives and stakeholders have commenced the exploration of sustainable methods to engage regulators and operators in interactive deliberations aimed at providing a lasting solution to the irregularities identified in the GMOU clusters.
The Independent Community Media Advocacy Project (ICMAP) was able to incorporate an additional 20 community representatives and stakeholders from 15 GMOU cluster communities into the overall scope of the project.