By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
A group, PICaN has disclosed that it’s engagements and demand charter developed through its programmes, has influenced some content of the Kadunà State Governor, Senator Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) SUSTAIN Agenda.
This was expressed by representative of PICaN, Yusuf Ishaku Goje, while presenting a paper titled “Agenda Setting, Journey So Far” at a One-Day Review the Submission of Citizens Groups to Transition Committee and Track the Implementation held in Kaduna on Wednesday August 9, 2023.
“In the health sector we submitted 14 needs, 4 were reflected in the blueprint.
“In social protection we submitted 7 and got 5 input,” he said.
According to him, the demands presented in the charter for education were nine, out of which 3 were reflected in the SUSTAIN Agenda.
Speaking further, he predicted that the 2027 election in the state would feature more engagement with candidates.
“We believe by the next election, the engagement will be more robust,” he added.
Accirding to him, “Even the politicians are seeing that we are moving towards governance and the electorate are becoming more aware,” he said.
The PICaN founder said that in view of the successes recorded, what they would do next is to track the SUSTAIN Blueprint.
“Our next step is tracking the SUSTAIN Blueprint and citizens demand influence . After four years, that is what we will use as his result sheet for the Kaduna State Government,” he revealed.
He added, “We will continue to track, because we have the state government development plan.
“The SUSTAIN Blueprint has seven areas of focus which we will track.
“State Development Plan 2021 to 2025, which will be looking at impact of services if they are changing and improving lives of the people,” he said.
Explaining that it will be used as a baseline to see if we they are making progress or not.
The Partnership for Issues-based Campaign in Nigeria (PICaN) with support of Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) funded Partnership to Engage, Reform & Learn (PERL-ECP) organised the one-day roundtable session on Review the Submission of Citizens Groups to Transition Committee and Track the Implementation.