Group can­vasses for youth en­gage­ment in politics

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

A Non-Gov­ern­men­tal Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO), Helpline Foun­da­tion for the Needy, has made case for youths’ en­gage­ment in po­lit­i­cal and dig­i­tal spa­ces.

The group, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with MC Tag­waye Foun­da­tion, Brekete Fam­ily and Echoes Africa Ini­tia­tive, made the call at an event as part of ac­tiv­i­ties to com­mem­o­rate the 2018 In­ter­na­tional Youths Day.

The NGOs ex­pressed worry that de­spite the in­tel­lec­tual and nu­mer­i­cal strength of the youths in the coun­try, they were still rel­e­gated to the back­ground in the po­lit­i­cal space, not­ing that the time was now to change the nar­ra­tive.

Pres­i­dent and Founder of Helpline Foun­da­tion for the Needy, Dr. Ju­mai Ah­madu, harped on the need for the youths to be en­gaged, ed­u­cated and en­ter­tained, just as she em­pha­sised that the hope of the coun­try rested with them.

“It is time the youths par­tic­i­pate in the scheme of af­fairs so that they can con­trib­ute their quota pos­i­tively in the de­vel­op­ment of our na­tion, Africa and the world at large in line with the 2018 Youth Day theme.

“As it has been recog­nised, youths need safe spa­ces where they can come to­gether, en­gage in ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to their di­verse needs and in­ter­ests, par­tic­i­pate in de­ci­sion mak­ing pro­cesses and freely ex­press them­selves,” she said.

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