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Campaign Promises:CAJA Unveils Ambassadors Network To Hold Leaders Accountable

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In an effort to promote accountability and civic engagement in Kano, a Non Governmental organization, Centre for Awareness on Justice and Accountability, (CAJA), has unveiled a platform, Democratic Ambassadors Network, to hold elective office holders accountable for their electioneering campaign promises.

Executive Director of CAJA, Kabiru Dakata, at inception meeting and unveiling the network, said the network comprises of 75 youth ambassadors across the three senatorial district of the state were to track the campaign commitments made by elected office holders and ensure that the dividends of democracy were delivered to the people of the state.

According to him, “CAJA is today launching a new project, Strengthening Youth Capacity to Promote Civic Engagement in Kano, a project that is being supported by MacArthur Foundation through Nigerian Women Trust Fund.

He Said, the aim of the project is to change the mindset people have that Democracy is all about election. But there are three stages in Democracy namely pre-election, election and post election. But this last stage (post election), people often neglect this stage and don’t pay attention to it. And it is very important.

“So we felt we pay more attention to this period. Because before elections, there are campaign promises made by the elective office holders and since they have emerged, they have responsibility to fulfill those campaign promises. People hardly followup on those campaign promises or remind them about the promises.

“So that is what informed this project and to empower the youths under the project, Strengthening Youth Capacity to Promote Civic Engagement in Kano to go nooks and crannies of the state to followup on those campaign promises.

“One aspect of the project is formation of Democratic Ambassadors Network, DAN. We have about 75 ambassadors across the three senatorial district of the state. They are to go nooks and crannies of the state.

“The network will also expected to step down the training and enlighten the community members to be part of the process and make sure that leaders do things that will touch lives of their constituents,” the Executive Director, Dakata said.

The Commissioner of Youth and Sport Development, Safiyanu Kachako however cautioned the youths against any form of compromise but to take the task upon themselves as their own contribution to the development of the society.

He said the project will bring about responsible leadership as it will keep the elected officer holders on their toes as they will be conscious of promises they made and fulfil them.

On his part, the President, Kano State Civil Society Forum, Ibrahim Waya represented by Hassan Gama described the initiative as a welcome development which will go a long way to bridge the gap between the elected and the govern.

However, the Kano State Coordinator of the network, Aminu Mukhtar promised to work hand in hard with all critical stakeholders in the state to strengthen democracy and ensure dividend of democracy were brought to the door step of the people of the state.

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