By Ismail Auwal
The Center for Information and Technology Development (CITAD) has linked 300 young men and women politicians from Kano State with experienced politicians for mentoring.
CITAD in partnership with Action Aid aimed to encourage the engagement of youth and women’s groups by providing them with the required information about the political landscape.
As a result of the center’s WE-YOU project’s training of over 300 women’s and youth groups, CITAD’s Senior Program Officer Mallam Isa Garba, said they witnessed an increase in youth participation in politics.
According to Isa, CITAD’s ongoing efforts to train young people for careers in politics by pairing them with elected officials to serve as mentors and help them achieve their potential.
Malam Isah added that, the first 150 participants have done down series of step-down training, forming a structured network of Kano youth and women aspirate from all parties, Advocacy visits to many politicians and political parties with lots of engagement on having Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) In the state.
“The youth from many political parties have united to form a strong movement in Kano, and the WE YOU PRO campaign has successfully documented that most political parties have created a space for women and youth to engage in any position.”
” Furthermore, we are hoping the elections will come with a stream of young people and women aspirants as candidates to political parties,” he said.
Hajiya Halima Garba, a lecturer at Saadatu Rimi College of Education, said ” the training has changed numerous unfavorable narratives regarding how women avoided politics in the state.”
She claimed that many young women have emerged to compete in the state’s political parties.”
Comrade Umar Mukhtar Isa, a participant from the Dala Local Government, stated that the WE YOU PRO project helped many of them to have a better understanding of politics.