The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) in Partnership with Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) and with support from the MacArthur Foundation is implementing Gender and Accountability Project (GAP) aimed at institutionalizing anti-corruption and accountability demand through citizens’ engagement in Nigeria’s democratic process. As part of the overall project objective, a one-day interface meeting with stakeholders in Kano State was held on October 17, 2018 to dialogue on best practices to enhance accountability, transparency and greater citizen’s participation for an inclusive governance process
The Chief Executive Officer of the NWTF, Mrs. Mufuliat Fijabi while delivering her welcome remarks expounded that GAP will primarily aim at encouraging women to demand for greater political accountability especially as it relates to gender concerns. She stated further that lack of accountability is one of the factors responsible for poor governance which has impacted on the economic growth of Nigeria and other developing economies especially on the African continent. She called on women to show interest in the anti-corruption and accountability process in order to achieve gender equality stressing that women are often at the receiving end when governance lacks accountability.
The event was attended by notable stakeholders ranging from religious leaders, male political party chieftains, female politicians, media and local authorities who were purposively selected and involved to share experiences, make recommendations and take the process forward. It is anticipated that through continual engagements with women in Kano, accountability and anti-corruption will increase their voices and strengthen them in demanding and striving for broader and inclusive governance process.