Members of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) network in Lagos organized a sensitization conference for young people in Ijora Badia area of Apapa Local Government.
As part of the sensitization programme, they also visited Badia market where they shared with the traders the importance of transparency and honest participation in electoral processes.
These series of events are part of the one month long Transparency and Good Governance Campaign in commemoration of the 2017 Anti-Corruption day.
Speaking at the youth conference, the founder of Yavis B Inc, Mr. Owolabi Chris Oluyemi, stated that youth must be passion driven to achieve their goal.
He also emphasized the importance of youth participation in electioneering process, not just as voters but as active members in holding government accountable and aspiring for governance.
Similarly, Mr. Daniel Okechukwu, the second speaker at the event encouraged the audience who are youth from Apapa-Iganmu area, to refrain from being used as political thugs during elections as they stand to lose more from such action.
Also at the market sensitization, YALI members urged the traders get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and ensure to vote for honest candidates.
The programme started on December 11 at the United States Consulate where the members were hosted by the US Ambassador, Stuart Syimgton.
At the flagship event, young Nigerians who are doing impressive work around governance and transparency dicussed youth participation against 2019 election, in a planary session.
The panelist were; Mr. Seun Onigbide, Co-founder of Budgit, Mr. feranmi Jude, National Youth Caucus Leader of KOWA Party, Mr. Ibrahim Owolabi, Executive Director, Involve Nigeria, and Ms. Feyikemi Fabiyi, Lagos state team lead, African Union Youth council.
According to the ambassador, the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Nigeria stands ready to continue assisting the people and government of Nigeria in achieving its goal of greater openness and transparency. The U.S. Mission, he added, has also provided assistance to organizations working to strengthen transparency.
He said; “by coming together to lead this transparency and good governance campaign, you have answered the question of ‘what can I do’ for my country. As you reach out to your friends and associates in the coming weeks, make sure they know it’s not them against their leaders. More importantly, in everything that you do during this campaign, be constructive,”.