As part of its national awareness programme, “You Matter in This Matter”, Youth Hub Africa, an advocacy group operating across Africa, recently held a two-day town hall meeting in Bauchi to enlighten young people about their rights.
The organization said the initiative aims to expand civic space, reduce human rights abuses, and facilitate complaints and redress mechanisms between citizens and security agencies, among others.
Abdullahi Yelwa, the program facilitator, enlightened the participants on their responsibilities as citizens, as well as the rights and privileges to which they are entitled.
He sensitized them on how to strengthen the relationship that exists between citizens and security agencies and how to contain human rights violations by the agencies.
Yelwa said Youth Hub Africa is working closely with various stakeholders in Nigeria to provide technical support to state agencies and stakeholders to consider religious, cultural and legal frameworks and context-specific policies that will be appropriate. to citizens.
Participants were encouraged to understand their rights as enshrined in the constitution and to exercise them without violating the laws of the land.
Jeremiah Panshak, YouthHubAfrica Field Assistant, enlightened young people on Values Clarification and Attitude Transformation (VCAT).
“VCAT is a way to reorient cultural, religious and traditional beliefs that have, over time, affected human reasoning and the adoption of new ideas,” he said.
During the program, participants said that VCAT is an in-depth exercise in opinion and values clarity that would help amplify advocacy on all topical issues within the community and for different platforms.
They also said that for good relations to be maintained between government and citizens, an active communication system to which citizens can channel their complaints and grievances must exist, and it must be constructed in such a way that citizens can get quick answers.
Government agencies present on the mayoral program include the Nigerian Police; the National Human Rights Commission; Bauch State Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO); Bauchi State Advocate; the Yan Committee security team; National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bauchi section; and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Over 118 young people, including women, key stakeholders and government officials attended.
The meeting was supported by the Onelife Initiative for Human Development, the Cedar Seed Foundation and the Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ).