By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Non-Governmental Organization; Accountability Lab Nigeria, (ALNG), on Thursday has trained youth groups, among others as Community Frontline Associates, (CFAs), for its Inclusion Project in Kaduna State.
Speaking during the one-day training, Team Lead Civic Action of ALNG, Shiiwua Mnenga, disclosed that the Inclusion Project is designed to give voices to the marginalized members of the society particularly the women, Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) and the youth.
According to him, the trainning for the Frontliners is to acquaint them of the project and the application to be used in data collection in field work.
“This training will equip and armed participants with objectives of the project who in turn will go back to mobilize community members for town hall meetings, among others.
“This will also enable them get good representatives from the women, PLWDs and youth who will make radio appearances and speak about issues affecting them in their various communities.
“At the end of this project life circle in April 2021 the impact will have gotten to the marginalized people. This will see governments changing its approach in delivering dividends, hence, bringing succor to the challenges faced by these targeted groups of Nigerians,” Mnenga said.
The Team Lead disclosed further that as a pilot programme, the Inclusion Project will be kicked started in two Local Government Areas of Kaduna state namely; Chikun and Kaduna South LGAs, where two districts each from the 2 LGAs were picked namely; Tudun-Wada, Makera, Kujama and Gwagwada.
He said the project will run concurrently in Kaduna, Imo and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“ALNG is hoping to have more grants to extend this project to other states in the country, to focuse more on the rural areas whom from its findings have more disturbing stories to tell on marginalization especially as it affects women, PLWDs and youth,” he added
Mnenga challenged participants to give their utmost attention, as the programme is very simple and hoped that at the end they will be well equipped to go out and make meaningful contributions towards nation building.
He equally urged governments to begin to see civil society organizations as partners in progress, rather than rivalries, because the only way government can effective reach out to the citizens is through the CSOs which have the capacities to mobilize community members.
“So I want governments, its officials, agencies to see us as partners, co-creators of developments so we can achieve more even with minimal resources,” he urge.
Also, the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Volunteer of ALNG, Bridget Oshiogbele, said the CFAs are being trained on the use of Kobo Collect App which is very effective on data collection and analysis to ease communication since the frontliners will not be physically supervised.
According to her, through Kobo Collect credible datas could be obtained anywhere, and this will help ALNG monitors from the office whatever the frontliners are doing at any point in time.
One of the Frontliners, Zailani Musa, who is also the Executive Director of Kaduna Youth and Community Development Volunteers, commended ALNG for the training; saying the project was a welcome development and timely coming on the heels of the Open Government Partnership, (OGP) in the state.
He added that there is need for inclusion because several projects have been cited and executed in communities without consultation with members of such communities.