Empowering Borno’s Youth: The Borno Youth Charter of Demand

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Introduction:

In a testament to the power of civic engagement and collaboration, the 6th Town Hall meeting organized by the Ministry of Budget and Planning in Borno State served as a platform for citizens to actively shape the 2024 budget. At this pivotal event, Ishaku Yohanna Balami, the Programs Manager of Center for Advocacy, Transparency and Accountability Initiative (CATAI), presented the Borno Youth Charter of Demand, a visionary document that reflects the aspirations of young people in Borno State. This charter represents the fruit ofCenter for Advocacy, Transparency and Accountability Initiative (CATAI)  engagement with youths under the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA II) project, funded by ActionAid and supported by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).

A Voice for Borno’s Youth:

Amidst the challenges and opportunities in Borno State, the Borno Youth Charter of Demand emerges as a beacon of hope. This document articulates the dreams and expectations of young people who seek to play a pivotal role in shaping their future and that of their communities. Let’s delve into the key demands presented in this inspiring charter:

  • The State Government to actively indulges in influencing the policies and initiatives that will have an impact on their future through the green economy in order to create economic prospects especially by providing vocational training centers with technological tools and facilities. This will be achieved through budget allocation to the ministry of education, science technology and innovation.�
  • The State government through the Ministry of youths and poverty alleviation to establish eco-friendly innovation challenges or competitions through the public, corporate, and nonprofit sectors to inspire young people to find innovative answers to environmental crises.  This can be achieved through more allocation and releases to the ministry of commerce and industry.�
  • The State government through the Ministry of Youth, women affairs and social development to establish a data bank that youths can capture youths’ demand. And allocation should be made in the 2024 budget to this regard.�
  • The Ministry of Education to establish guidelines for climate change-resistant school infrastructure and stress the importance of taking decisive steps to ensure that vulnerable individuals and communities can always access education in a safe manner. One important request is to make policies that help our environment (green economy) and secure a better future.�

A Call for Inclusivity:

In closing, Ishaku Yohanna Balami  and Center for Advocacy, Transparency and Accountability Initiative (CATAI) extended a heartfelt request to the Governor of Borno State, H.E. Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, ably represented by the Deputy Governor, H.E. Umar Usman Kadafur. They kindly ask for the inclusion of comprehensive plans for people with disabilities in the 2024 budget. By doing so, they aim to create a more inclusive and equitable society where every citizen’s needs and aspirations are not only recognized but also addressed.

The Borno Youth Charter of Demand serves as a reminder that when young voices are heard and when communities unite in pursuit of progress, positive change becomes possible. It is a testament to the potential for transformation that exists within every corner of Borno State, and a tribute to the resilience and determination of its youth. Together, with cooperation and inclusivity, they pave the way for a brighter and more prosperous future.