Dr.Talatu Nasir is one of the Katsina State delegates to the National Conference and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from North West. In this interview, she speaks on expectations of Katsina delegates among others. Excerpts:
As a member of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), how have you been faring in the world of politics dominated by men?
Honestly speaking, I face very little challenges as a woman in politics. This is largely because I’m from Katsina State, where the governor has given women their rightful dues. That even explains my appointment as a woman to the PDP BoT.
In Katsina State now, women are given enough leverage to showcase their potentials. There are dozen women as permanent secretaries, commissioners, and even supervisory councillors.
There are also women leaders in every local government. And with the support of Hajiya Fatima Ibrahim Shema, the wife of the governor, women are beneficiaries of scores of empowerment and development programmes. Trainings are being organised in collaboration with women affairs ministry, where a lot of skills acquisition centres were established across the state; women are trained and given start-up capitals and equipment at the end of the programmes.
At the areas of small scale businesses, women have been engaged in many of such businesses. I think even a blind man when he steps into Katsina, he would realise Governor Ibrahim Shema is a blessing to the state. He has dymistified the act of governance. He runs free education for both indigenes and none indigenes. He subsidized tuition fees at the tertiary institutions in