Kaduna Youth Agenda – The Quarterly Policy Dialogue

The first Kaduna Youth Agenda Quarterly Policy Dialogue was organized by One Project Afrika Reachout Foundation (OPA) and their youth policy advocacy allies from the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Kaduna state. The first quarterly dialogue was held at Bafra International Hotel Kaduna.

The first Kaduna Youth Agenda Quarterly Policy Dialogue was attended by the Honourable Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Hon Samuel Aruwan; Chief Executive of the Kaduna Peace Commission, Mrs Priscila Yachat Ankut; Permanent Secretaries and Directors from the Ministries of Health, Education, Agriculture and Local Government Affairs. The Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly was represented by Hon. Samuel Ubankato, the Chief Whip of the state legislature. The Chief of Staff to the Governor Mr Mohammed Sani Dattijo was represented by his Special Assistant Mr Abdullahi Shagari.

The Executive Chairmen of Kajuru, Zango Kataf, Jema’a Chikun, Jaba and Kaura, Jama’a Local Government Areas (LGAs) and representatives of Lere, Soba, and Kaduna North Local Government Areas. Youth leaders from the three senatorial districts in Kaduna state, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the media also participated in the policy dialogue.

In his welcome remarks, Mr Asogo Venantius Cyril Torkuma emphasized that the first policy dialogue is intended to lay the foundation for regular established dialogue moving forward to work together with the government towards the successful implementation of the Kaduna Youth Agenda. In her overview of the Kaduna Youth Agenda Mrs Zigwai Ayuba, ED One Project Afrika said, the Kaduna Youth Agenda advocacy campaign was conceived in 2018 as part of the Vote Not Fight: Election No Be War campaign that promoted non-violent youth participation and peaceful elections in Kaduna state during the 2019 elections.

The Kaduna Youth Agenda is a non-profit and non-partisan campaign with the sole aim of influencing the Kaduna state government and LGAs to consider and implement the youth policies, programs and projects that were recommended by Kaduna youth during a statewide survey on youth priority needs.

NDI Senior Resident Director, Aubrey McCutcheon, set the tune for discussions by presenting an address on  “Youth Policy and the Role of Youth in Achieving Good Governance in a Democracy”. Giving statistics of how well Nigeria is faring at the Global World Index of youth inclusion on the global stage and however stressed the need to do more and ensure sustainability.

High points of the policy dialogue were the strong commitments made by the Commissioners, Chief Executive of the Kaduna Peace Commission and the Local Governments Chairmen to implement the key recommendations of the KYA and support the campaign in their various capacities and position.