Inspiring Leadership Reflection Interactive Series (ILERIS) is an initiative of the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) aimed at `enriching the lives of young people through mentorship and inspiration. Accomplished personalities from different backgrounds and professions are invited on monthly basis to speak to the participating youth about their lives, challenges, obstacles, successes, careers, etc with a view to unpacking some hints for the participating youth to copy and apply in order for them to also succeed in their endeavours and careers.
CITAD believed that bringing successful people to mentor and inspire young people is a good way to help positively support the young people’s lives. The initiative started in 2016 and so far featured numerous successful individuals comprising male and female. Previous speakers included Prof. Attahiru Jega former Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Muhammad Tabiu (former Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General of Jigawa state and lecturer, Department of Islamic Law, Bayero University Kano), Ene Obi, Country Director, Action Aid International Nigeria, Haj. Saudatu Mahdi, Secretary General, Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), Bala Muhammad (Saturday Columnist of Daily Trust Newspaper, lecturer, Mass Communications Department, BUK), Dr. Kole Shettima (Africa Director, MacArthur Foundation), Alh. Murtala Bala Maisallah, CEO, Maisallah General Enterprises, Alh. Muhammad Maharaz, District Head of Rogo and Bauran Kano, Prof. Binta Tijjani Jibril, Director, International Institute if Islamic Banking and Finance, Bayero University Kano, Prof. Aisha Ismail, Director, Center for Gender Studies, Bayero University Kano, etc.