By Lawrence Duya, Abuja-Nigeria.
For political systems to be representative, all parts of society must be included. When young people are disenfranchised or disengaged from political processes, a significant portion of the population has little or no voice or influence in decisions that affect group members’ lives. A key consequence is the undermining of political systems’ representativeness.
To make a difference in the longer term, it is essential that young people are engaged in formal political processes and have a say in formulating today’s and tomorrow’s politics. Inclusive political participation is not only a fundamental political and democratic right but also is crucial to building stable and peaceful societies and developing policies that respond to the specific needs of younger generations. For young people to be adequately represented in political institutions, processes, and decision-making, and in particular in elections, they must know their rights and be given the necessary knowledge and capacity to participate in a meaningful way at all levels.
When there are obstacles to participating in formal, institutionalized political processes, young people can rapidly feel disempowered.
It is in the light of this and clamour for youth involving in politics and political leadership at all levels in Nigeria that a leading aspirant for the 2021 Anambra State gubernatorial election, Engr. Odera Ozoka accepted the call to participate in the coming polls in the state.
Engr. Ozoka made this declaration today at the Headquarters of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, while picking his nomination and expression of intent form.
He said, ‘I could have taken the bank draft of 22 million nairas presented to me by the youths but that would have been a disgrace to the Nigerian youths. I see this call as service to the people.”
The aspirant lamented the high rate of unemployment and underemployment in the state. He bared his thoughts on the dilapidated condition of infrastructure and worsening insecurity in the state.
“I want a country that works where people are paid for the work they do”, He said.
According to him, the tourism sector would receive immediate attention like the Ogbunike cave because this would boost the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, of the state.
Comr. Saviour Odima, who spoke on behave of some of the youth groups said, “we are here to decide either to move forward or remain stagnant and of course, we have decided to move forward. That is why we are here to support the aspiration of our aspirant who would soon be our candidate. We are sure of the safety of lives and properties of Ndi-Anambra in Engr. Odera Ozoka.