By Abdallah el-Kurebe
The British Council in partnership with Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto is organising the 1st Active Citizens National Study Visit in Sokoto, Nigeria.
According to a statement signed and made available to newsmen by the Communications Manager of British Council, Desmond Omovie, the week long programme will attract “a group of 60 Active Citizens from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Bayero University, Kano; Federal University, Dutse; Global Youth Leadership and Girl Child Foundation; Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, Sule Lamido University, Kafin-Hausa; Young Men’s Christian Association and the Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative.”
He added that those would join their hosts from the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto to learn how they had created projects that have improved the lives of communities in Sokoto.
Omovie explained that the programme works with young people, educators and civil society organisations to run social action projects that have positive impact on their communities.
The statement quoted the Director Society of the Council, Mohammed Ahmed as saying, “The National Study Visit is an opportunity for the great network of partners we have in Nigeria to share their experience of leading change in communities across different parts of the country, learn about the incredible cultural diversity of Nigeria and inspire each other to develop new collaborative projects.”
An Active Citizen from Lagos State Polytechnic, Modinat Adetoro: “With the Active Citizens project, I can impact the lives of female students around me to make them see leadership as what females can also embark upon instead of just being bookworms.”
During the National Study Visit, Omovie further explained, the Chief Host, Vice Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Professor Abdullahi Zuru and Chief Executive of the British Council, Sir Ciaran Devane will present Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar with an award as the Royal Patron of the Active Citizens programme in Nigeria.
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