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FULL TEXT: Ambode’s Speech At Inauguration Of Southwest Zonal Executives Of APC’s Youth And Student Council

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Keynote address by  Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Former Executive Governor of Lagos State and deputy chairman of the south-west subcommittee of the contact and strategy committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Inauguration of The Southwest Zonal Executives of the Party’s youth and student council on Thursday, December 16, 2021; in Ibadan, South-West Nigeria.

 

The National Chairman

The Deputy Chairman

The National Deputy Director, South-West

South-West Zonal Coordinator

All stakeholders

The National woman leader,

Invited guests and members of the press.

 

 

It is a great honour to be in this great city today – the political headquarters of South-West Nigeria- to officially inaugurate our Great party’s – All Progressives Congress Youth and Student Council South West chapter.

 

We are also happy to see a large turnout of vibrant and energetic youths from different parts of the South West attend this occasion.

 

As you all know, the youths are always the driving force of every nation as regards governance, nation-building, economic prosperity, innovation and technological advancement.

 

 

The United Nations in its fact sheet on Youth, Governance and Participation – Major issues, prepared by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Focal Point on Youth, UNDESA observed that:

 

(i) in several regions of the world …”many youth have remained politically active through “political movements” instead of engaging with and in political parties. Young men and women who are traditionally active politically in universities (when allowed) are very often disillusioned with political leadership and political institutions and excluded from policy development. As a result, political activism of youth is not organized according to formal groupings. (The creation of this group is bound to adequately address this situation.)

 

 

(ii) Opportunities for youth to engage in governance and participate in political and decision-making processes depend largely on the political, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts where social norms in many parts of the world result in multiple forms of discrimination (especially) against young women.

 

(iii) Both formal and informal engagement can be understood as political participation, and both are beneficial for a vivid and resilient democracy and should be supported. There is strong evidence that the participation of young people in formal, institutional political processes is relatively low when compared to older citizens across the globe. This challenges the representativeness of the political system and leads to the disenfranchisement of young people” which our great party is willing and will address.

 

It is therefore understandable that the directive – of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC)  – to set up an All Progressive Congress Youth and Student Council all over the Federation with a view to ensuring that its activities are in line with the Party’s guideline and constitution is coming at this time as we prepare for our great party’s National convention.

 

Effective and meaningful youth political participation has one of three attributes:

 

(a)it can be consultative;

 

(b)it can entail youth-led participation, where young people have a direct impact on decision-making within their own youth communities;

 

(c)finally, it can involve youth collaborative participation, where young people effectively take part in regular political decision-making processes.”

 

These are the direction our great party is being positioned to follow by the Caretaker And Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC.)

 

Our founding fathers in their youth stood up to face the challenges of their time and succeeded in putting an end to colonialism, thereby achieving independence for our great country – Nigeria. This is a historical example of the giant task our youths can surmount if they are committed to a meaningful cause.

 

Governance anywhere in the world would be difficult without the youth participating in grassroots, state or national politics and vying/contesting for elective positions. I want to there call on all of you to dedicate yourself more than ever before to the party and country. While the APC will continually strive to keep our youths engaged through various empowerment schemes across several sectors, we also believe that a politically active youth is filled with flourishing ideas to make Nigeria better than before.

 

“Nigeria is a country with diverse ethnic groups existing side-by-side, struggling for survival, identification and recognition in the country. Feelings of suspicion of one ethnic group’s domination over another become inevitable. The incessant agitation and struggle to have control of the nation’s resources remain the bone of contention and sources of threat to peaceful co-existence, national unity and national integration in the country.

 

Thus, federalism as a system of government has been adopted as a way of ensuring peaceful coexistence in heterogeneous societies and Nigeria is no exception. Being federal implies having a system of government in which the individual states of a country have no control over their own affairs, but are controlled by the central government for national decisions (Olayiwola, 2012 cited in Fakanbi and Raji, 2013). Unfortunately, peaceful coexistence is one of the fundamental factors for adopting federal

 

system of government in Nigeria has always been confronted by a lot of challenges since the inception of the country and most of these challenges are products of ethnic politics and sentiments.”

 

Today I challenge you all to commence the process of finding a lasting solution to our many challenges as a nation. They will not be met easily or in a short time, but if we believe – it is achievable.

 

Being present here today also reminds me of what my administration was able to achieve as Governor of Lagos State. I boldly say that most of our achievements were a result of the push and ideas tapped by young Lagosians to drive the state forward.

 

The One Lagos Fiesta is a celebration of the culture, art and people residing in Lagos – the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria and Africa’s megacity was designed for youths and students mobilization, to promote and showcase our young and upcoming artists. This particular annual festival was very successful due to its acceptance by the young people.

 

A government or administration open to positive ideas will achieve more than one who totally neglects the relevance of the youths or does not create an environment where youthful ideas are expressed.

 

The All Progressives Congress is here today to charge you to be faithful party ambassadors in your respective communities and educational institutes.

 

The greatness of this nation and our party lies in your hands as you will help political leaders bring the message of progress and development nearer to the people of your community and while also relaying the feedback from your community to your leaders.

 

You will also be tasked to intellectually engage and convince youths in your community who have lost faith in the electoral process to take actionable steps to effect the change they desire by joining the All Progressives Congress.

 

As a card-carrying youth member of the APC, you can aspire from the smallest to the biggest office in the land in accordance to the party’s laid down rules, maintain peace and have consideration for party supremacy, no matter your personal feelings. I have been there.

 

The strong commitment of our great party APC to foster youth political participation is based on several international conventions and declarations, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the World Programme of Action for Youth and the Convention of the Rights of the Child in tandem with the UNDP and other UN entities advocacy.

 

As you commence the engagement drive in your various wards across your state, it is pertinent to reiterate that the road to national development requires the collaborative effort of young and old in the political process.

 

Neglecting this role for the older generation to continually set the tone will only delay the country of your dreams. I, therefore, charge you to join and participate in the political process as APC will definitely give you the platform to actualize your political dreams and champion the change we all desire.

 

Before I step down from this podium, let me borrow some inspiration  (relevant to our situation as a country today) from the words of the 44th President of the USA, Barrack Hussein Obama during his inauguration in the year 2009. The author of Audacity of Hope.

 

He said:

 

“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood.  Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.  Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.  Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered.  Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many — and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

 

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics.

 

Less measurable, but no less profound, is a sapping of confidence across our land; a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, that the next generation must lower its sights.”

 

Thank you very much and God Bless

 

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Kosofe HoR aspirant, Abbey Cheche assures youths of job opportunities if elected

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An aspirant contesting for a seat at the house of Representatives to represent Kosofe constituency, Eng. Abiodun Owokoya (a.k.a Abbey Cheche) as officially declared to vie for the slot during the 2023 general elections.

Engr. Abiodun said he wants to be the voice for the youths, he said the youths are energetic, educated and experienced, they know what they wants. He have the capacity and all that it takes to govern and represent the youths in the green chamber.

He said, he plans to take the jobless youths off the streets, according to him, he will create 15, 000 jobs through the help of his affiliations.

In his speech, he said ” I will train the youth to be more intense, knowledgeable when it comes to technology as an engineer that I am, I have put things together to do that”. He said his focus is going to be on the youth.
He called on the leaders to support the youth and give them chance to also participate in politics and win political post.

He advised the electorate to get their PVC and also the delegates not to sell their votes.

Com. Balogun Olanrewaju, a former SUG president at Lagos State polytechnic said the youths have gathered for a new destiny, a new life, they are tired of repetition of failure, he said they want a representative who is young and approachable that will remember the youth.

Also, Comrade Adewunmi Tobi Funsho, Director Planning and Strategy Abbey Cheche movement, described the aspirant as a vibrant youth and ready to serve his people, who is approachable that will make the people of Kosofe enjoy the dividends of democracy.

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Jandor vows to take over Lagos state as he declares for governorship

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The lead converner of the Lagos 4 Lagos movement, Dr. Olajide Adediran also known as Jandor has vow to take over the governorship sit from the present adminstration come 2023.

Dr. Olajide who defected from APC to the People’s Democratic Party said this during his official declaration on the 24th of March, 2022.

The event was witnessed by his loyalist, supporters, friends and party leaders who were all gathered to show their support and encouragement.

Jandor who in his speech said he has come to rescue Lagos State from the hands of dictators. Lagos must be led and ruled by Lagosians. He said Lagos is a wealthy state, “If we have leaders that are compassionate with emotional intelligence, there is no how the resources of the state will not work for the state .

He noted that “there are rumors from mischief makers that I and my people that defected to PDP enmase are bent on hijacking the party. It’s all false and plot to disunite the party.

He said they are in the party to rescue the people from the bondage of APC. “We are not selfish or self centered people, we aren’t taking over all the positions in the state”. “If I emerge as the party candidate to contest as the governor, I won’t produce Deputy governor, there are over 20 ministries in the state and other sectors of the state.

There is need for unity in the party for us to achieve our goals. We shouldn’t allow mischief makers to sow the seed of discord among us. “I will not disappoint the party and it’s stakeholders. We shouldn’t work against one and another. What we should focus on is winning the elections come 2023.

Talking about his plans for the state, he assured Lagosians that his administration would change the narrative of the state educational sector, health, infrastructural development, traffic control, security among others. He promised free education for primary school pupils with free uniforms for them.

He said his administration will create ministry of disability to care for the disables.

One of the party stakeholder who spoke at the event, Alhaji Mumuni Gambari, representing the Arewa community described the declaration of Jandor as the “coming out of the sun”, adding that the group is solidly behind him.
The representative of the Igbo community Dr. Jonathan Nnaji expressed confidence that Jandor would will the 2023 Lagos governorship polls, saying Igbos in the state
were committed to the cause and would give their support for the realization of the vision.

Another stakeholder said this declaration is the beginning of the best thing to happen to the state”.

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PROF SAMUEL: Obasa mourns APC leader, describes him as a Titan

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described Professor Tunde Samuel, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), as a titan whose positive roles in Lagos cannot be forgotten in a hurry.

Professor Samuel, a chieftain and founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), died on Wednesday night at the age of 73.

Prof. Samuel is reckoned as one of the founding fathers of the Lagos State University (LASU) where he was both a member of the Implementation Committee and two-time member of the Provisional Government Council.

Dr. Obasa, who paid a visit to the home of the deceased on Thursday, said: “Prof. Samuel’s demise is a blow, a pain that would take long for us to bear both as people of Agege, the APC as a family, the GAC and the entire Lagos State.

“His importance to Lagos State can never be under-emphasised. He was a passionate Lagosian whose thoughts, actions and activities were all geared towards strengthening democracy in Nigeria and the creation of an egalitarian state where individuals would live their lives in peace.

“As an academic, he helped Lagos to establish a firm foundation for educational growth and progress with his imprint in our own Lagos State University, the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Noforija, Epe, where he was Pioneer Provost and as Special Adviser on Education to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, when the latter was Governor of Lagos State.

“It is worthy to note that his activities in government brought Lagos many laurels and further helped to put the State in a favourable position in the country.”

A retired Professor of Political Economics of Education, he was a former Chairman of the Governing Council of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto-Ijanikin.

“Like a star with brightness that cannot be dimmed, Prof. Samuel’s success extended beyond the boundaries of Lagos as he served as Chairman of the Governing Councils for the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti and the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, respectively. He was also an International Consultant for UNESCO and UNICEF.

“We will continue to miss his wisdom, knowledge and understanding of how Lagos and Nigeria should be run for the utmost good of the people. We will miss his advice and productive efforts to keep a united APC in Lagos.

“I, on behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, pray that God grant him peace and give his immediate family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear this huge loss, amen,” Obasa prayed in a statement released by his media office.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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