Youths stage peace walk, demand political inclusiveness in Kano
Youths on Monday defied the early morning rains as they embarked on a peace walk in Kano to demand for more participation in the running of the state’s affairs.
The walk, organised by the Centre for Communication and Social Impact (CCSI), with support from ActionAid Nigeria, was designed to mark the 2022 International Youth Day celebration in Kano.
Program officer at CCSI, Bukola Toriola, while addressing the congress of youths, including women and persons with disability, spoke on the significance of youth participation in policy-making and social development in society.
Bukola disclosed that until the youth especially women utilise their strength and demand for space in governance, they may remain backward in the scheme of growth in the country.
She explained that CCSI is leading a social behaviour change (SBC) under its ‘You Will’ project to empower youths, especially women, with technical and leadership skills to participate in governance.
According to her, “CCSI is supporting the youth and women with the roll out of social and behavior change project, build the confidence of women inclusiveness in politics and leadership position generally. Before now women have being taken aback in leadership position partly because they were not given the right opportunity.
“With this project, we want to restate our commitment that CCSI is ready to support the women, especially those willing to take part in politics, to achieve their ambition. But they must show interest and commitment to convince us that you are really ready. We believe, given the right tool and capacity, women can occupy places in governance so we demand their inclusiveness in politics.”
Isa Garba, senior program officer, Centre for Information, Technology and Development (CITAD), explained that the procession was equally sending strong message to political actors ahead of 2023 general elections.
He said it will no longer be business as usual where the younger generation are used and abandoned, adding that women and the youths are fully alerted to their responsibility and will be ready to negotiate their right through the ballots.