Hovered to correct the perception that Nigeria’s political space is monopolized by the old era and god-fathers, who deduce who gets what and favour their compatriots to the disservice of many young Nigerians that are willing to participate in politics, Ijede-Egbin youth forum organised a symposium to change the narrative.
The interactive politically inclined program drew youths and adults to the local community development area secretariat on the 27th of August 2022, proclaiming indeed, the youths are the leaders of tomorrow.
Opening the eyes of participants and residents to the natural laws of succession, in which one generation plays out its role and yields the stage for another, as a way of advancing the course of the human experience, the event featured guest speakers; Afinah Sodiq Adebowale, Mr Bashiru Saminu and Princess Khafilat Omolade.
With Young people, often excluded or overlooked as political candidates and politics typically regarded as a space for politically experienced men, the speakers urged all participants never to feel marginalized because of their age, limited opportunities, or projected lack of experience.
Speaking to Ikorodu News Network (INN) after the session, Prince Musidiq, coordinator, Ijede Egbin youth forum stated that the program is organised anytime an election comes knocking to enlighten residents on their roles.
“This is our 2nd edition, and we use this platform to orientate our youths to take active parts in the political process, it is about educating them”.
“Our goal is also to show them how to make their vote count in a system where a lot of young ones do not believe in the government anymore. Doing the needful whenever an election comes around”.
“I am excited about the delivery of our speakers, striving their utmost best to engage all our participants by shedding more light on areas which are vital to make their involvement in politics a valid one. It is a sign of progress and it shows with clarity we’re getting more activists” Prince Musidiq added
Speaking on the value of the symposium, Sodiq Afinah Adebowale, Senior assistant registrar, Lagos state university and guest speaker noted that if a community must develop, then the youths must be well tutored to get fully involved in governance.
“Some youth will tell you that politics is a dirty game and they don’t want to get involved, they forget the vital role politics plays in nation building yet they complain about the declining state of the country”.
“Politics is a process of realising those capable hands that will administer our community, state and national affairs, so whoever we appoint or elect determines the rate of development for some time. That’s why I see this platform as a necessity to come and orientate our people and make them understand that they have no choice other than participating to decide their fate”.
“This program shows youth that they are special and relevant to the system that’s why am proud to be associated with it” Prince Afinah added
Charged-up participants were given opportunities to ask questions and gain a better understanding of their obligation and responsibilities.
The Executive Chairman, Ijede LCDA, Hon. Motunrayo Gbadebo-Alogba made her presence felt briefly during the onset of the program.