Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Building Nations Initiative (BNI) in conjunction with One African Child and an Ilorin-based organisation, WOYODEV, is currently conducting research on the role of youth-led organisations in peaceful elections and political participation of young people.
According to the founder of BNI, John Oluwadero, the research is part of the UNESCO Youth Civic Engagement Initiative; which will be implemented in Ekiti, Kwara, Lagos, Osun and Oyo states.
Essentially, the research will be “assessing the contributions of youth-led organisations like Junior Chamber International, All-Nigerian United Nations Youth and Organisations (ANUNSA), Building Nations Initiative, OAC, etc., to ensuring peaceful elections and also that young people participate in elections processes; with about 786 respondents who are members, staff and/or volunteers of the organisations,” he stated.
While explaining that the data analysis of the research will be ready in earnest, as well as the final report, Oluwadero disclosed that since the elections are slated for next Saturday, they will be holding a press conference on Thursday.
Founded in 2009, BNI is a youth work and community development youth-led association that is committed to raising a new generation of young people that will be builder a better society. Its operational fields include: education, lifelong learning and skills development; values education and civil leadership; youth entrepreneurship and empowerment; wellbeing and health promotion; and sport for development and peace.