Following the low turnout of voters recorded in the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections, the lowest since Nigeria’s return to democratic governmemt, Lekan Fatodu, an APC stalwart and Senior Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, has launched APC Polling Unit Challenge to improve participation of members of his party at the coming governorship and state assembly elections on Saturday, March 11, 2023.
In a statement released on the initiative, Fatodu stated that the general public particularly members of the APC in Lagos State should be adequately acquainted with the invaluable gains of coming out to vote as this will enable them to put the right leaders in government, thereby improving the quality of life of the citizens, elevating sound public policy and advancing development.
He further stated that the number of accredited voters at the Presidential election in Lagos which was less than 25% of the registered voters in the state was too low for the prime economic, social and commercial status of Lagos in Nigeria, a position that can be enhanced through participation of citizens at elections to usher in good leaders.
Fatodu, therefore, stated that Lagos needs to show better example in the coming election and it is expected that members and supporters of the APC in the state will lead the way through the APC Polling Unit Challenge.
The Senior Special Assistant noted that with over 2million registered members in Lagos alone, APC faithfuls must prove their worth as democratically conscious citizens and active party members
“PUC presents an opportunity for committed members of APC and genuine supporters of the party in Lagos State to show their ability to convince people in their various polling units to come out and vote for Governor Sanwo-Olu and APC candidates for the State Assembly and contribute towards raising citizen participation in the governorship election and state assembly elections in Lagos State”, he said.
Fatodu added that the major benefit to the participants is the invaluable sense of fulfillment to contributing to the advancement of the democratic process in their polling unit and communities and the renewed confidence to challenge and demand for development projects and interventions that should be immediately addressed by political leadership; and registration for participation for the challenge can be made via http://www.pollingunitchallenge.com*
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A QUINTESSENTIAL LEADER AND POLITICAL PATHFINDER, SENATOR GANIYU OLANREWAJU SOLOMON (GOS)
It gladdens my heart to join family members and legion of friends and followers to wish a quintessential leader and a political pathfinder, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon, a happy birthday today !
Sir, yours has been a life that has been eviably defined by purpose and lofty achievements.
Your remarkable trajectory in private and public life has further ignited the hope of younger generations coming from your foundation (Mushin) that the community is actually endowed with more of great minds and potential high achievers.
Inspite of your years of great sacrifices in enhancing the lot of humanity and improving the fortune of your community through politics, it’s so gratifying that you are still actively engaged in present time to continue to lead the way and provide worthy opportunities for many of us.
May you continue to find favour and peace in the sight of the Almighty God and may later years be more rewarding and fulfilling sir!
Hon. Lekan Fatodu. Senior Special Assistant to Lagos Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has launched the Lagos Sustainable Development Goals Club in Public Schools across the State as part of his administration’s effort towards making the youth core participants in development actions.
The Governor, in his address, acknowledged that the 2030 Agenda provides a shared blueprint for peace and a prosperous future, describing the initiative as an insightful way of institutionalising SDGs in the education system.
Sanwo-Olu explained that while the government has responsibly been pursuing efforts to leave for future generations a planet that is healthy and habitable, it is important to create pathways for the young ones.
Represented at the launch held at Alausa recently by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, the Governor affirmed that the initiative reinforces his administration’s keenness in strengthening the faculty of youth to meaningfully engage society responsibly.
According to him, “Our lives are shaped by our everyday actions and inactions. Whatever actions we take today go a long way in shaping our future. We are determined in shaping the future and ensuring a safer planet for future generations. We are taking a collective responsibility by being informed, conscious and action-oriented. And this does not in any way exclude the older generations”.
“A sustainable lifestyle is a cluster of habits and patterns of behaviour embedded in society and facilitated by institutions, norms and infrastructures that frame individual choice”, he said.
Mr. Governor stated further that the propensity and opportunities the club will have in the life of students and society is enormous, maintaining that bridging the knowledge gap of sustainability will facilitate the delivery of the ambitious targets.
“As a modern society, we want to be defined by impactful policies that will continuously unleash the ingenuity of our young ones and the school environment remains one of the most natural habitats to reinforce that positive changes in their life. Therefore, everyone must be provided the space to contribute towards this ambition as we come together to ensure no one is left behind”, he affirmed.
While appreciating teachers across the State’s Six Education Districts for their consistent pursuit of good educational culture, the Governor confirmed that it is time to accelerate and support innovations that will help design critical solutions and create tipping points cues needed to push the trajectories in a positive direction.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals and Investment, Mrs. Solape Hammond remarked that given the urgency needed to increase action and intensify collective efforts towards the actualisation of these goals, the capacity and aptitude of the younger generation remains the best asset that can be exploited to drive a thriving society.
In her word, “While our problems get a lot of news coverage and just as deserving of attention are the plans to fix them. This initiative is a positive movement that will support the actualisation of the global ambition of ensuring that all human beings enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social, and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature”.
“The good news for us as a state is that we are seeing a variety of young players stepping up for the SDGs. Continuously embracing sustainable ideas and strategising to meet the targets of these goals. We will continue to provide the structure with the enabling environment to engage and encourage them to take ownership of this Agenda as we have been doing through the Lagos SDGs Youth Alliance and the Lagos Volunteer Corp”, she averred.
In his remark, the Head of Service, Mr. Muri-Okunola acknowledged that the agenda which was articulated across 17 Goals, was designed intentionally to represent a new approach to development, threading together economic, social, and environmental dimensions and acknowledging that decisions and approaches are related and have both synergies.
He said the most profound approach we can adopt to sustain students’ interest in development initiatives is through education by intimating to them the importance of developing a sustainability mindset.
The occasion also features the launch of the SDGs Secondary Book to enhance the learning of SDGs in schools and provide practical guidance for students as they set out to play their roles in building a safe, secure and prosperous future.
The highlight of the event was the amazing presentations of dramas, songs and word poetry from different schools on actions to be taken to have a sustainable future and why the 17 Goals are key to transforming our world to end poverty, foster peace, safeguard the rights and dignity of all people and protect the planet.
All participating schools were commended for their contributions while outstanding schools were rewarded with prices.
Dignitaries present at the event include the Body of Permanent Secretaries and Tutors-General, a Representative of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), students from all six districts and other relevant stakeholders.