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:

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - Dr. Talatu Nasir


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

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