Over 3 Million Citizens (More than THREE TIMES THE NUMBER MOBILIZED LAST YEAR) STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY AND TAKE ACTION IN SUPPRT OF THE MDGS IN NORTHWEST NIGERIA
“Despite the abundant resources Nigeria is blessed with, there is still prevalent poverty in the land. This is due to lack of patriotism, commitment and judicious use of available resources; otherwise the campaign against poverty would have been unnecessary in Nigeria.” —-Alh. Dr. Abdulmumuni Kabir Usman (HRH Emir of Katsina)
PADEAP NIGERIA Stand Up campaigners in Northwest Nigeria have mobilized more than 3 million people (over three times the number that stood up in 2008) to Stand Up and Take Action against poverty and demonstrate their resolve to continue to support the MDGs.
From school assemblies, worship places, public rallies, symposia, symbolic events and media programmes all over the zone, citizens sent a unified and even stronger message to all stakeholders to intensify efforts of putting an end to poverty.
PADEAP started the events by holding a ‘Talakawa’ summit in Zamfara. The approach adopted by PADEAP is to localize and advocate for grassroots ownership of the campaign. Everyone present participated in the campaign putting their leaders at the national, state and local levels on notice that their promises to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 must be met – no more delays or excuses are acceptable!
In partnership with Zamfara based Peace Education Development Organization, (PEDO) Nigeria, The talakawa summit aimed to address the fundamental problem in good governance, the wide chasm that exists between elected representatives and their constituents. Interaction between these important groups in governance is very crucial to the actualization of the MDGs. This is exactly what the summit focused on.
During the event PADEAP Programes Director focused on Goal Number 5 ‘ It is unjust and cruel that Nigerian women continue to die of avoidable causes during pregnancy and child birth. Government and their partners in development need to develop national Action Plans for the reduction of maternal mortality. Women, community groups and local health providers need to participate in these plans to ensure plans reflect local realities. Time for action is now. Women must not continue to die giving life! —— Tominke C. Olaniyan PADEAP international Programmes Director
Key “Stand Up and Take Action” events included:
Schools Stand Up Activities:
Stand up campaigners this year partnered with Ministries of Education in Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States to observe Stand up moments during school assemblies in secondary schools. Over a million youth and children in over 800 schools were mobilized via this channel. PADEAP also held stand up events in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Usman Dan-Fodio University Sokoto. Ahmadu Bello University remains the largest conventional University in the whole of West Africa.
Stand Up Take Action events in Churches and mosques:
High number of participants in this year’s Stand up campaign came from worship places, especially the mosques. Worshippers in all Northwest Nigeria stood up for good governance which is a necessary requisite in the fight against poverty. This notable break through was achieved by the overwhelming support the campaign obtained from the community of Ulamas in the zone. Thousands also stood up during church services and prayed for political will for government to deliver more on the MDGs.
Other Stand Up Events:
Public Rally events: Public sensitization rallies were organized in all States in collaboration with trade unions, CBOs and commercial transport road workers to further raise public awareness on the MDGs. Special cooking events were organized on the 16th to commemorate the International Food Day, which was incorporate into the campaign period this year. Also, in a symbolic event farmers in Kebbi State competed in a donkey race to raise awareness on environmental degradation due to desert encroachment. In Kaduna State, a debate was organized between two secondary schools on the Topic: ”Achievement of the MDGs: who is most responsible?” the debate was held inside the Kaduna State of Assembly chambers with most law makers in the state observing.
The people have the power to create whatever change they want including eradicating poverty! — Haj. Hajara Samaila (Principal, Government Girls’ Secondary School Funtua)
About PADEAP Nigeria
Pan African Development Education and Advocacy Programme, (PADEAP), has been working in Funtua, Katsina State since 2000. We seek solutions to African problems using pan-African approaches. In Nigeria, we run a public resource centre; an open space for access to information and interaction on global education. Our adult literacy for women, youth peer education and rights education programmes are mediums through which we create a vehicle of education and advocacy for sustainable development in local communities.