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INTER’NAL DEMOCRACY DAY: CITAD calls for more youth and women inclusion in governance, political process

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As the world celebrate international day of Democracy, center for information technology and development (CITAD) has decried over representation of women and youth in governance despite thier participation in active politics during the last Nigeria’s general election.

The center at a press conference by its officer in charge of campaigns and communication Ali Sabo said after series of enlightenment through CITAD project of Youth and women inclusion in politics and governance, a lot of them participated actively.

”You may recall that throughout the electioneering process, CITAD focused on the campaign for the inclusion of women and youth in the political and governance process which was done under its project titled Youth and Women Inclusion in Politics. The objective of the project was to Campaign for Inclusion of Women and Young People in Political and Governance Processes (We-You Pro) and was designed to mobilize a critical mass of young people and women leading innovative campaigns towards translating citizens’ demands into policy actions and engender an inclusive decision-making political process that reflects the priorities of the young people and women in Kaduna and Kano States”.

”In respond to the series of campaigns and activities, many youths and women responded positively by actively participating in active politics which led to some of the them contested for various elected positions while others became card carrying members of political parties, thus, massively supported the candidates of their political parties in the 2023 general elections”

He said, going by the populations of youth and women in Nigeria which constituted about 61 percent, the number of them appointed by politicians did not correspond their population among the electorates.

”Going by the populations of youth and women in the country which constitutes about 61% of the total population and the number of youth appointed by these politicians we can firmly assert that the number is negligible and did not either correspond with the youth population in the electorates nor with the commitments, sacrifices and active participation of the youth in the process”

Ali Sabo also said, It is however commendable that some of these politicians supported by youth appreciated their efforts by engaging them in their governments either as assistants,, special assistants, special advisers, and to some extent appointed in some agencies and parastatals.

To further celebrate the international day for democracy, CITAD made the following calls.

”We therefore, as part of this celebration call on the politicians elected into power to;

1. Encourage the youth that participated and supported them during their campaigns through effective inclusion into the decision processes of their governments or offices
2. Know that any decision-making process that neglects 61% of the population of whose decision is taken on their behalf is not an inclusive decision nor is its participatory which democracy is all about.
3. Support the teeming youth in their constituencies in terms of their education, economic and social inclusion to ensure that these youth attain their potentials for the betterment of the country.
4. Mentor some of the youth with leadership potentials to also begin the journey of political leadership.
We strongly believe that if those in power will support the youth in the above areas youth support for the democratic process will be strengthen and government and political party initiatives will be strongly accepted and the all policies and decisions will we inclusive.

The theme of this year’s International Day of Democracy is; Empowering the Next Generation” and it focuses on the essential role of children and young people in safeguarding democracy today and in the future. It is not enough to listen to children and young people. We must support them with massive investments in education, skills-building and lifelong learning.

 

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