By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has introduced a project tagged ‘We-You Pro’ geared towards the inclusion of youth and women in political governance process.
Isah Garba, senior programe officer CITAD, unvailed the project during a courtesy call at the Youth Progressive Party (YPP) office in Kano to brief them about the project and other activities of the Centre.
According to him, the project which would be implemented in Kano State, requires direct engagement of political parties and politicians and CITAD deemed it necessary to start with YPP being a youth party.
“The project is focusing on women and youth participation in politics/election, the project is implemented by CITAD with the support from Action Aid to implement and manage the inclusion of youth and women in political governance process.
The project will be working in Kano Munincipal, Dala, Tarauni, Nasarawa, Gwale, Fagge, Bichi and Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano State.
Under the partnership, CITAD will participate actively and build partnership with campaigners in Local and State Governments with the support from Action Aid and other civil society organizations”, he added
Garba further stated that the specific objections of the intervention is to mobilize critical mass of young people and women in leading campaign towards translating citizens demand into policy action in Kano State, and also ensure gender balance in decision making at political process that reflect the priorities of the Youth and women in Kano State.
He said that this would be done through three pronged of Human rights approach into empowering person’s at the grassroots to be given rights consciousness, capacity building of local institution and incentives for political parties to take account of the views of young people and women in political process all with the view to empower campaign development, and the voices of excluded person are listened to and their rights are respected accordingly.
Shortly after, the Chairman YPP party, Alhaji Salisu Salisu Umar, said the party had already been engaging youth and women in it’s political activities, where a young lady of 25 years of age contested for vice president sit in 2019 general election, and the party also contested and won senate seat in Anambra South.
He also revealed that the party is also aiming at given more youth and women chances to participate in politics and election, to show their views on politics to enable them develop there community/society in the future.
Umar, described the project as something already embedded in the party’s manifesto which provides avenue for women and youth participation in politics.
He assured of working hand in hand with CITAD in other to achieve the objectives of the project.