HICA partners HIDS on Countryside Emerging Leaders Fellowship
The conduct of the recently announced Countryside Emerging Leaders Fellowship (CELF) would now be undertaken by the Hashim Initiative For Community Advancement (HICA) in partnership with the Hannis Institute for Development Studies (HIDS).
In a statement released on Saturday, the convener of CELF, Mr. Lawal Olohungbebe attributed this change to the fact that an organisation with deeper roots into the communities should undertake an event with grassroot colouration like CELF”.
Mr. Olohungbebe explained further that “notwithstanding the several community interventions already undertaken by HIDS as an institute, the requirements for the planned Fellowship require that we pay deeper attention to the knowledge of the individual communities where the intending Fellows will be drawn from.
“No doubt, HICA enjoys a privilege edge in this regard compared to HIDS whose role and activities centred more on providing training and guidance on community interventions”, he added.
According to the statement, HICA, being an organisation that has engaged more with stakeholders at community levels is better positioned to meet the moral requirements.
Said he: “Indeed, this is a pointer to our resolve to ensure we continue to adapt the conduct of this maiden edition of the Fellowship in accordance with the guidance and advice provided from time to time by our advisory and technical councils”.
The release also noted that while HIDS would continue to provide the needed managerial and coordination support to ensure the attainment of the objectives of CELF, members of the public, including students, parents, media and all other stakeholders, the plans and other information regarding the programme remain the same.
“Indeed, we would continue to release statements of this nature from time to time in order to keep the public abreast of partnerships that may become necessary in order to guarantee the delivery of optimum experience to our intending Fellows”.