The Accountability and Transparency Summit (ATS Abuja, 2018), is an initiative of YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) Abuja in collaboration with the YALI RLC Alumni members in Nigeria, Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) Alumi members in Nigeria, Face2Face Network members across 25 states in Nigeria and Impact Driven Young Leaders Initiative (IDYL Initiative). This event which was supported by the US Embassy Abuja is designed to catalyze the abilities of Young African Leaders participating from across 25 States of Nigeria (where structured YALI hubs exists) to take up initiatives that will reinforce the role of government in creatively meet the needs of the people and ensuring accountability at all levels, through the well-designed project deliverables focused on the following thematic areas:
3. Trade And Investment And
6. One Other Thematic Areas Peculiar to the State.
This pioneering year, YALI Network Face2face Abuja Accountability and Transparency Summit (ATS) is partnering with the US Embassy Abuja and other strategic partners as they trained selected members on a three days intensive summit which would consist of a conference, dinner, cultural night, and training. Selected participants analyze the problems of their state of residence, provide solutions, identify the available natural resources in the state and propose how best they can be well utilized. Upon selection, the delegates presented report of the above analysis which will serve as policy direction document to the government while it will serve as a means of measuring government performance by the citizens.
YALI Nigeria will sustain her relevance within the governance space across regions of the country and network members will replicate the knowledge gained on community impact driven activities and government level support initiatives.
1. To empower Nigerian youth with skills, knowledge, and attitudes relevant for communication and advocacy of democratic ideals
2. To establish strategies to better connect the YALI network to local and state government leaders
3. To develop actionable tools that will assist young people in evaluating
(a). The transparency and accountability of their elected leaders and
(b). The promises and platforms of political candidates.
I registered to attend as a participant and was greatly enlightened by this summit. Outsides the “serious English speaking” events, there was a poem interlude about Nigeria by a young man whom I really felt his passion while he was speaking. Cultural displays and songs were also done to energize the participants. We need accountable and honest leaders in the future and I believe this is a great step towards achieving that.
So LET’S GO GO GO, GO TRANSPARENT!