Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, has introduced street parliament in the seven local government areas under the zone, where he held open street meetings with hundreds of residents in Nassarawa community and Argungu/Abeokuta streets.
He told members of his constituents at the meeting that he would intervene in their cases by ensuring that their grievances are redressed.
Sani stated that if true democracy is to thrive in the country, governance must be brought down to the people through streets parliament, noting that the town hall meetings organised by some governors and public office holders have not been able to produce any tangible result as they were “stage-managed”.
According to the lawmaker, “Street Parliament is a new concept directed to develop an open interaction between the governed and the government. What some people call town hall meeting is deceptive and a stage managed forum where they listen to what they want to hear.
“What they call town hall involves inviting people to a hall. But this strategy of street parliament is bringing the government to your door step, streets and possibly to your houses. By these ideas, it means listening to your complaints, your views, ideas and suggestions on governance. And it also involves carrying you along in the process of law making”, he said.