On the 13th of December 2021, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, attended a one-day networking dialogue and consultative programme, held at the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Studies, Mambayya House Gwammaja Kano, Kano State.
The programme organized and funded by the European Union/British Council, was implemented by Citizens- Driven Transformations in collaboration with Kano State Civil Societies Forum (KCSF). It had as its theme, "Strengthening State Civil Society Networks/Coalitions to Harmonize Regulatory Framework at Sub-National Level." It was facilitated by Comrade Ibrahim Wayya, Chairman Kano State Civil Societies Forum, (KCSF).
Speaking on behalf of the Kano State Governor, S.A to the Governor on NGO’s, Hajiya Yar Dada Maikano Bichi thanked all for making out time to attend the programme and emphasized the need for all CSO’s, NGO’s, and CBO’s to be registered with the State CSO’s Forum, according to their categories and thematic areas to enable the State Government effectively work with recognized State actors.
Hajiya Yar Dada Maikano Bichi in her welcome address said only organizations registered with the State NGO’s Forum, have the privilege to work with the State Government and their Ministries, based on their thematic areas.
Speaking on the State Ministries that the CSOs, NGOs, and CBOs could work with, she named the Ministries of Health, Justice, Education, Local Government, Women Affairs, Rural and Community Development, Youth and Sports, Environment and their relevant agencies within the State.
For his part, CEPEJ's Country Director, Chief Comrade Sheriff Mulade, represented by Idris Auwal, CEPEJ's Kano State Coordinator, said when CSOs, CBOs and NGO,s irrespective of their thematic areas, work together, it will be easier to achieve the best for citizens especially the oppressed, deprived and the marginalized, which will result in better growth, enhanced productivity towards achieving the SDGs.
He also encouraged other States yet to have a recognized CSOs body to establish an independent Forum for CSOs free from political affiliations, donor control and influence, in order to strengthen CSOs in Nigeria.
Highpoints of the programme were the delivery of the event programme, covering the importance of consultations on Kano State regulatory frameworks, step down training on advocacy strategy, and directive on strengthening Kano Civil Societies by Government on CSOs registration.