Use your strength to oc­cupy po­si­tions, youth told

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

@Si­monEchewo­fun The Not Too Young To Run Move­ment, Katsina state chap­ter has urged its mem­bers and po­lit­i­cal as­pi­rants to lever­age on the strength of the Nige­rian youth in seek­ing for pub­lic of­fices.

At a re­cent Youth Con­fer­ence and Awards Pre­sen­ta­tion event in Katsina, the State Co­or­di­na­tor, Is­mail Bello said the event tagged, “Set­ting the Youth Agenda For 2019 & Beyond” has a clear goal of iden­ti­fy­ing prac­ti­ca­ble ac­tion steps that will en­sure that the pas­sage of the #Not­toy­oung­torun makes mean­ing for youth.

He said, the con­fer­ence is or­ga­nized to cel­e­brate ef­fec­tive ac­tivism and un­der­score the in­es­timable value of ci­ti­zens-State en­gage­ment in en­hanc­ing the qual­ity of demo­cratic pol­i­tics in Nige­ria.

“About 300 lead­ers from po­lit­i­cal, civil so­ci­eties, academia, women, en­trepreneurs, peo­ple with dis­abil­ity and me­dia con­verged to shape an agenda for democ­racy, gover­nance and po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the pre and post 2019 era.”

Dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion, Com­rade Bello am­pli­fied what Com­rade Bankole Welling­ton (BankyW) noted re­cently on the chal­lenges fac­ing youth in­clu­sive­ness.

“They said we don’t have the money to run. We say our strength lies in our num­bers. They said we don’t have the struc­ture, we say we will at­tempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win?” was his re­marks.

Bello who is Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the state gov­er­nor in Youth Devel­op­ment charged the young peo­ple to ini­ti­ate yet an­other cam­paign to­wards at­tain­ing eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence as tool for the re­al­iza­tion it the Youth Agenda. #No­tooYoung­tomake­money.

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