2nd African Youth SDGs Summit launched

The 2nd African Youth SDGs Summit, the biggest gathering of African youths working towards the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa themed: “Partnership with Youth to Achieve the SDGs: Moving from Policy to Practice,” has been launched Tuesday in Accra, Ghana. The 2nd edition of the African Youth SDGs Summit will be…

INTERVIEW: “Why Africa may fail to achieve the #SDGs by 2030”

Arrey Ivo Mbongaya is the founder of the African Centre for Community and Development (ACCD) which works in diverse areas of sustainable development including conservation, environment, eco-tourism, agriculture in Cameroon   Arrey Mbongaya   What inspired the founding of the African Centre for Community and Development and how far have you gone in achieving your…

“Releases major hindrance to health budget performance in Kano”

Irregular budget releases and cash backing are the major factors militating against the performance of health sector budget in Kano State, says Hafsat Kolo, co-chair of the Accountability Mechanism on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Kano State (AMMKaS); a coalition of civil society and media organisations as well government officials working to promote accountability…

INTERVIEW: “Safe, sustainable cities would drive  #SDGs, accelerate socioeconomic development”

Lot Kaduma, a member of the UN Major Group for Children & Youth Habitat III Working Group for West & Central Africa, is also the founder of Urban Future Project, a youth-led advocacy initiative focused on achieving inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities in Africa, in accordance with Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals…

“Service charter will help Kano SERVICOM enforce its mandate”

Coming up with a service charter will empower the Kano State SERVICOM Directorate to more effectively discharge its responsibility of ensuring citizens have access to better services from government ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) in the state, says Abdullahi Musa, permanent secretary at the Kano State Service Compact (SERVICOM) Directorate. “The Directorate is aimed at…

APPLY! ONE Nigeria Champions Program

  This is a voluntary program where ONE will recruit, train, and support 50 emerging leaders approximately between 18-35 years of age who will Champion causes ONE supports at the grassroots, state and federal level in Nigeria. ONE advocates and campaigns on education, gender, health, agriculture and transparency as a means to fight poverty. The program was…

OP-ED: Building a Just Future: Leadership for Gender Parity, By Lina Srivastava

Women’s economic empowerment is experiencing a resurgence of attention. This is inspired by Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5), which lays out goals for gender equality and women’s empowerment, and is mirrored by the International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme #PressforProgress, dedicated to the achievement of gender parity around the world. Most of the rich discourse relating…

As Kano develops a teacher policy

Kano State is coming up with all-inclusive Teacher Policy covering issues as diverse as teachers’ attitude, quality assurance and continues professional development, with the support of development partners such as UK Department for International Development-funded Partnership to Reform, Engage and Learn (PERL) and the Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE II) programmes. Stakeholders ​during…

CHR commends Gates, Dangote for supporting funding for Immunization in Nigeria, urge rich Nigerians to emulate them

Gates, Dangote and the governors of the 6 northern Nigerian states of Kano, Kaduna, Yobe, Borno, Sokoto and Bauchi signing the MOU  on Wednesday March 21,  2018,  in Sokoto, Nigeria It would be recalled that Mr Gates, Alhaji Dangote and the governors of the 6 northern Nigerian states of Kano, Kaduna, Yobe, Borno, Sokoto and…

“Why there would be voter apathy in Kano come 2019”

As the 2019 general elections draws closer, unchecked excesses of followers of political parties in the form of political violence, intimidation and harassment of citizens could lead to voter apathy in the forthcoming elections in Kano state, says Ubale Jakada Kiru, a former member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives. From left: Abdulrazaq Alkali, executive director…

Semiye Michael: “How @DEANinitiative is championing the #SDGs in rural Nigerian communities”

Semiye Michael is the chief executive of Dean Initiative, an NGO focused on bringing development to marginalised rural communities in Nigeria by empowering citizens with the right information to hold leaders accountable. Semiye Micheal, chief executive of Dean Initiative How has the experience trying to empower marginalized communities with the right information to hold leaders…