In order to ensure that there is an increase in the participation of youths, especially Persons with Disabilities, in the coming election, Rethink Inclusion in collaboration with Constitution Lab and the People with Oriented Policy and Good Governance organized a training programme for PWDs in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Cross Rivers.
The programme which was tagged “Inclusive Election” was in phases, to include virtual and physical training. According to the convener who also doubled as the Speaker of the Nigerian Youth Parliament, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Azeezat Yishawu, it is imperative that the voice of every Nigerian, including the Persons with Disabilities is heard in the coming election.
She further stated that it is most significant that we run an inclusive election which people with disabilities make up about 15% of Nigeria’s population and as Nigerian, they also have the right to vote and be voted for. She stated “despite the significant population of PWDs, the rights of individuals with disabilities are often overlooked and not adequately protected. This is particularly true when it comes to their right participate in the decision-making processes of the country.”
“This is why Rethink Inclusion through the sponsorship of IVLP Grant decided to engage young leaders with disabilities in these four states to educate them on election procedures and active advocacy.”
The INEC officials who were in attendance in the four states trained the participants on the usage of the facilities provided by the electoral commission to ensure that PWDs vote during the election to include, braille ballot for the visually impaired, magnifying glasses for persons with albinism, and translator for the deaf.
According to the INEC officials, the commission is working in agreement with Section 54 of the electoral act 2022 indicating the need to ensure an inclusive election for PWDs, thereby assuring a credible, free and fair election. The training sessions featured distribution of training manuals, shirts and braille manual for the visually impaired participants.
The 2023 general elections pose a major leap in the destiny of our nation with another opportunity to elect our leaders. As young people the current electoral provisions enables us the best opportunities yet, to participate through the ballot and get our voice heard.
I urge you to go out in sacrifice on Saturday 25th February and Saturday 11th March to vote for our preferred candidates, without forcing any hindrence to the participation of other persons.
We may not have gotten it perfectly right in the past, but this and every other opportunity is a chance to make a choice about those we want to lead us.
The President is not the sole leader of the country, hence we should ensure to examine the candidates for the Senate, House of Representatives, Governorship and State Assembly, and vote our choice.
The Nigerian Youth Parliament stands with the Nigerian Youth, and against any act of violence or sabotage that will prevent the will of the people from manifesting.
Vote Peacefully Vote Rightly
Abdulmumin Edidi Representative, Lagos Central Senatorial District, Chairman House Committee on Works and Housing Nigerian Youth Parliament
…‘Young people will be the backbone of Tinubu presidency’ – Youth Commissioner
As the nation counts down to the presidential election, youths in Lagos have come under a single umbrella to reiterate their support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Tinubu, they submitted, is the most experienced and reliable candidate to lead the country in the next dispensation.
The youths, who came from all the traditional divisions in Lagos, converged on Marquee Hall in Agidingbi, Ikeja, on Thursday, to unanimously adopt the APC presidential candidate and his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima.
Besides, the youths endorsed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for another term, describing the Lagos helmsman as the most performing state administrator in the outgoing dispensation.
The attendees included members of non-political youth organisations, members of voluntary youth organisation (uniform) operating in Lagos, and their non-uniform counterparts in various groups.
Reading out the decisions agreed at the event, chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in Lagos, Comrade Biliamin Oba, said the attendees were convinced that Tinubu remained the only presidential candidate who possessed the capacity and vision to turn things around in the country.
“We watched carefully all the campaigns ran by the major presidential contenders and we came to the understanding that only one of them understands the challenges facing our country. His manifesto is believed to offer solutions, because we have seen his track record.
“Tinubu governed a modern city that could be a country of its own and initiated development plans that have been efficiently implemented by his successors. Lagos, today, has become a pacesetter in governance. On the day of election, we have resolved that all of us will be independent canvassers for Tinubu.”
Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Hon. Olusegun Dawodu, on whose instance the event was convened, said the Saturday election would be another watershed moment in the country’s political history, stressing that Tinubu remained the only true unifier among the contenders, who would bring the country together.
Dawodu, who recalled how Tinubu scouted for youths under age 35 for cabinet appointments in 1999, said the leadership tutelage model adopted by the APC presidential candidate had raised and thrown up new generation of leaders working to improve governance across the country.
The Commissioner said Sanwo-Olu, appointed into Tinubu’s cabinet in his 30s, had risen on the leadership ladder to become the best performing Governor in the country. Dawodu said young people would be the backbone of the Tinubu presidency if elected, urging the youths to mobilise members of their constituency into voting for APC on Saturday.
He said: “Among those running for president, Tinubu is the only candidate who stands out with verifiable track record. He is a visionary leader who will take our country to its destiny. Tinubu has always been a true believer in the youth. Governor Sanwo-Olu was appointed into Tinubu’s cabinet when he was in his 30s.
“Today, we have a Governor who has been fulfilling and delivering on his promises. This is a sign of things to come when Tinubu is elected as president. We have seen the Lagos experience and records of performance that have been the benchmark for quality governance. Tinubu is a true unifier; he will bring the country together.”
Youngest Lagos cabinet appointee, Hon. Mobolaji Ogunlende, who supervises the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, said the “catch-them-young” legacy bequeathed in Lagos by Tinubu had created opportunities for young people across the State.
“Let us be prepared to vote on Saturday. We need to continue to build on the legacy set by Asiwaju, so that his vision can lead the country forward,” Ogunlende said.
Special Adviser to Gov. Sanwo-Olu on Education, Hon. Tokunbo Wahab, said it was vision which differentiated Tinubu from other candidates, reminding the youths of the progress recorded in Lagos education system.
Wahab said Lagos would not have recorded the progress if there had not been continuity in the governance of the State by political parties backed by the APC presidential candidate.
He said: “Election is a science of mathematics and numbers. This will work out better if we are able to mobilise people to vote for APC on Saturday. With a good head start of 4.5 million votes in Lagos alone, this will give Tinubu a comfortable edge over other contenders,” Wahab said.
Lagos Youth Ambassador, Zainab Aderounmu, acknowledged the impacts and opportunities created for young people in Lagos, noting that she personally won support of the APC government in Lagos to pursue her goals.
Miss Aderounmu said the Saturday election was crucial for youth in Lagos to choose between a leader who care about young people’s future and opportunists who came every election year to seek support.
She urged young people to be peaceful in their conduct on Election Day.
Speaker of Nigeria Youth Parliament, Dr. Azeezat Yishau, said she personally endorsed Tinubu and urged her colleagues in the parliament to support the APC candidate for the country’s progress.
On Friday, 17th February 2023, Jide Sanwo-Olu Youth Movement in partnership with Mushin and Odiolowo APC Youths organized the GREATER MUSHIN YOUTH MEGA RALLY. The success of the campaign walk across our dear community, Mushin can not be overemphasized. The rally offered the opportunity of a direct contact with the electorates at the grassroot.
They were able to reel out the incumbents’ scorecard, especially that of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while also preaching the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidential agenda, the senatorial aspiration of Dr. Idiat Adebule, House of Representatives aspirations of Hon. Yemi Alli and Hon. Toyin Fayinka, and the House of Assembly aspirations of Hon. Nureni Akinsanya and Hon. Yinka Eso for Mushin constituency 1 and 2 respectively.
Falana urged people to vote massively for Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu, and all APC candidates because Mushin since the beginning of the current Fourth Republic in 1999 has always been having it good under the ruling party.
He said: “As you are aware, Mushin is the second largest populated local government in Lagos State and we always come up with large numbers of votes.
“We have a large concentration of young people in Lagos State and we want to contribute our quota toward the advancement of our party, the All Progressives Congress.
“We are embarking on this walk and rally to let people know that our youths are not just on social media, our youths are on the ground; we are voters and we have PVCs.
“We are committed to APC and committed to the ideal of our party.
“We are in support of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Dr. Idiat Adebule, all our House of Representatives and House of Assembly candidates.”
The groups encouraged the masses of Moonshiners to endure the current cash crunch challenges, while shunning any form of violent protest against the government of the day.
“Making An Impact: Young Change Makers” is a highly anticipated event that will take place on Saturday at the Eridan Space in Ikeja, Lagos. This event offers a unique opportunity for young individuals to network with like-minded peers and learn how to plan for personal and professional success. The dress code for the event is “Smart Casual.”
The event will feature three guest speakers, each with their own inspiring stories to share:
• Oluwaseyi Bababusola is a global change-maker and advocate for the SDGs, climate education, and youth leadership. She is also known as Nigeria’s Most Beautiful Girl 2022.
• Victory Ashaka is a multi-award-winning spoken word artist and poetry slam champion who is passionate about making a positive impact through his art and oratory skills.
• Prosperity Olorunfemi, also known as the “Teenage Millionaire,” is a teenage African entrepreneur who has founded two tech brands, RUMONEY and ISellEarpods, to help African students earn while they study.
Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights on entrepreneurship and start-ups in Nigeria, as well as expand their network and make valuable connections by engaging in conversations with these special guests about their experiences making an impact and achieving success in their personal and professional lives.
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It was indeed a memorable and great eventful gathering to reminisce and discuss politically at the Lagos State Assembly Complex, where the leadership of the Past Union Leaders of the Lagos State University Students Union ably led by Rt Hon. Ayodele Olatunde aka FBI (Speaker SPC 05/06) paid a courtesy and solidarity visit to the office of the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon Noheem Adams, representing Eti Osa Constituency I and Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester aka Sketel representing Epe Constituency II.
Hon Ogunkelu, popularly known as Sketel, former Financial Secretary of the noble Students Union, welcomes representatives of the Past Union Leaders and his team. Hon Sketel could not but hide his feelings seeing long-time comrades. Some of the delegation members include Com. Akewushola, Former Welfare Director, Com Damola, Former SPC member, Com Osinowo Olayinka, Former Chairman Transport Committee; Com Ayo Senu, Former Lagos NANS Mobilization Officer; Com Qudus, Assistant General Secretary, LASUSU; Com Tanimola aka Who Knows, Former Welfare LASUSU Epe Campus.
The Deputy Majority leader in the Hallowed Chamber, Hon Noheem Adams, who was also a comrade and once Chairman of the Electoral Committee of the Students Movement, welcome the team and shared some eventful activities of the then Union. He however expressed his delight in seeing jolly comrades once again after so long. His joy knew no bounds and he keeps sharing memorial Aluta songs to liven up the atmosphere. He promised to give an update on his campaign movement for encompassing participation.
Hon FBI and his team pledged their indefatigable and unflinching support to both Honorable members of the Assembly, as they both seek a second term in office. The Host Comrades expressed their happiness and gratitude to visiting team after the presentation of campaign souvenirs as support to the two Honorable members’ Campaign Organizations.
Both legislative officers, seeking re-election for a second term in office promised to give support in any form to the group and will give updates on the campaign movement for active participation.
The Leadership of PAST LASUSU leaders Forum hereby urges the public to vote them in, having contributed immensely to the growth and development of their respective constituencies. They promised to do more if re-elected.
The Past Union Leaders Forum hereby reiterated its commitment to the Party, more importantly, to all candidates under the platform of Past LASUSU Leaders. The Forum promised to canvass, mobilize and sensitize the electorate on the need to vote for the Party candidates across the State, at the forthcoming general elections.
The Youths of the All Progressives Congress of Kosofe Local Government on Saturday, 28th of January thronged out, despite the early morning showers, to walk for the support of the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The walk which commenced during the early hours of the morning at Maryland was geared towards showing their unwavering support for the Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, while also extending their support to the gubernatorial candidate, the incumbent Governor of Lagos, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Kosofe APC youths also pledge their support for Senator Tokunbo Abiru, Kosofe House of Representatives candidate, Alhaja Kafilat Ogbara, as well as the two House of Assembly candidates, Hon. Sanni Ganiyu Babatunde Okanlawon and Hon. Femi Saheed.
The Unity Walk commenced from Maryland and ended at Peace Park, Ojota Interchange, where the crowd was addressed by Council chairman of Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, Princess Samiat Bada, and the council Chairman of Agboyi-Ketu, Mayor Dele Oshinowo. The duo of the Mayor and the Mayoress encouraged and implored the teeming youths to continue to preach the gospel of Asiwaju Tinubu and APC candidates to everyone they know.
Speaking to one of the organizers of the event, he disclosed that the objective of the walk is to prepare the youth constituency in greater Kosofe for the task ahead and to remind them that Victory for all the APC Candidates is a Victory for a better tommorow for the youth.
The incumbent and candidate of the House of Assembly representing Kosofe Constituency 1, Hon. Sanni Ganiyu Babatunde Okanlawon, popularly addressed as Okla, while addressing the youths, noted that Asiwaju is the pathfinder of the APC, as such, the youth should mobilize other youths to support him. He further stated that Gov. Sanwo-Olu, whose good works is transforming Lagos also needs the support of the youths, while not leaving the legislators of Kosofe, who in his words, are not back benchers at the Lagos parliament.
Abdulmumin Edidi the Representative of Lagos Central Senatorial District in the Nigerian Youth Parliament, Chairman House Ad-hoc Committee on Drug and Substance Abuse Control Dec 2021 – Dec 2022, Chairman House Ad-hoc Committee on Research and Policy Development Feb 2022 – Dec 2022, and currently Chairman House Committee on Works and Housing has reeled out his achievements during the first year as Youth Representative in the Nigerian Youth Parliament.
According to his statement; “If we as young people truly want to see a change in our society, then we must begin to live that change right from our door step”
“It is with full sense of responsibility and accountability, that I make public report of my activities alongside over 200 Youth Leaders in Lagos Central in my capacity as representative of Lagos Central Senatorial District in the Nigerian Youth Parliament”
The report covers most of the works and activities he and his team have done between 8th December 2021 and 8th December 2022, marking the 1st year in office as representative of Lagos Central Senatorial District in the Nigerian Youth Parliament. It contains efforts on Policy Development, Activated Programs, Bridging Information Gaps, Advocacy and Interventions, as well as Constituency Engagements.
Abdulmumin expresses his appreciation to all the Liaison Officers, Committee Chairpersons and their members, as well as all other youth leaders who have made the impact possible.
He also reiterates his commitment to advocating, promoting and facilitating opportunities that would ensure rapid youth development across the constituency, and in the country at large.
Visitation was made to the Lagos State Rehabilitation and Vocational centre which was accompanied by life coping talks and how to continue life after the Rehab taken by the Guest Speaker, Mr Oluwatosin Adesegha, donation of stationaries, toiletries and value cards was also included to improve their thinking and mind.
The mental outreach is the maiden edition and one of her program targeted at improving the mental health of young people.
The outreach was convened by the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Social Secretary, Lagos Chapter, Comr. Adebukola Zoffun. Also in attendance was Comr. Kuku Mutiu, chairman of Youth Challenge Int’l, Lagos; Comr. Femi Olaoye, Secretary; Comr. Alebiosu Ibrahim, Member; Comr. Olaide Yusuf, Financial Secretary, Nycn Lagos; Comr. TIjani Shamsudeen, Iba local branch social secretary; Comr. Oluwayomi Oluwapelumi, Social Secretary, Ojodu Lcda and Comr. Hephzibah Akinwande.
The Omo Ologo Team; a popular and recognized political support group under All Progressive Congress (APC) in Imota Local Council Development Area, Ikorodu, Lagos yesterday dated Sunday, 29th of January, 2023 played the host of APC stakeholders at her general meeting in Imota ahead of the 2023 General Elections.
The meeting was tagged: special general meeting which was coming for the second time in this year recorded the presence of grounded and rooted politicians, political leaders and stakeholders that collectively ascent to the good works Omo Ologo Team had been doing for the progress and development of APC in Imota LCDA, and they further pledge their total support for the victory of all the party candidates from National to the State level.
The meeting had in attendance the Imota LGA Party Chairman, Hon. Ramoni Akinyemi disclosed that massive votes that would be coming from the entirety of Imota on February 25 and March 11 respectively would be used to appreciate the present APC government for installing the biggest Rice Mill factory in Africa in Imota. He further elucidated on the advantage of creation of Imota LCDA which was done by APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu during his time as Governor of Lagos State.
The APC Party Helmsman, Hon. Ramoni went further to charge the leadership of Omo Ologo Team to double their efforts to surpassed previous votes as BVAS does not give room for malpractice.
Hon. Ramoni concluded that “I commend the efforts of the team and advise all the members of Omo Ologo Team to vote and vote correctly for APC. He encouraged them to continue participating in both Ward and LGA Meetings.
Speaking at the special general meeting, Rev (Col) Dr. Bolaji Titilola Onafowokan (Rtd), the Life Patron of Omo Ologo Team and an APC Apex Leader in Ikorodu Division, informed all the members that with existence of Omo Ologo Team in the political scheme of Imota LCDA, it is evident that the future of this community with this set of youth is bright. He described Omo Ologo Team as a truthful, straightforward and transparent body that are ready to work for growth and development of our dear town.
While addressing the meeting, Chief Yisa Bakare Agoro, Special Adviser to Omo Ologo Team in Ward A who also doubles as one of the party leaders in Imota LCDA congratulates the team for a job well done. The charged that whole efforts should translate into massive voting on the election day. He added that the house-2-house campaign should be intensified.
Also speaking at the event is Olumide Adeleke Shofowora, General Coordinator of Omo Ologo Team in his welcome address made it known that the special general meeting was sacrosanct for Omo Ologo to prepared her members to work for the victory of all candidates of the APC. He declared that the team had been working vigorously for the development of the party in our community and concluded his speech by making emphasis on the fact that the team is moved by result-oriented.
“We worked towards ensuring that PVC is collected and distributed to the members of Omo Ologo Team.” Olumide re-emphasized.
The convener of Omo Ologo Team, Comrade Folarin Adegboyega Awal also addressed the members and opined that the special general meeting was organized purposely to secure more votes in the coming general elections and to ensure that we unanimously worked together for the victory of all APC candidates at the polls in the forthcoming General elections.