Citizens Conference 2020: Step up Advocacy For Electoral Reforms, Shina Peller Charges Nigerian Youth

By Oyewale Oyelola

…Panelists Advise Youth To Turn Ideas To Innovations

A member of the Federal House of Representative representing the Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Iwajowa/Kajola Federal Constituency in Oyo State, Hon. Shina Peller has charged Nigerian Youth to channel their energy, resources and time towards advocacy for electoral reforms and review of relevant laws to bring desired change.

Hon. Shina Peller made this call while speaking on Saturday at Citizens Conference 2020 organized by by Millennials Active Citizenship Advocacy Africa (MACAA).

Following the infuriation of #ENDSARS protest, the Politician and Entrepreneur encouraged the youth to seek political solutions to numerous challenges bedeviling the country by advocating for change of relevant laws.

Hon. Shina Peller

He called on the young generation to use their strengthen effectively by playing active role in political process, noting that the current ruling class would not relinquish to the youth on a platter of gold.

”When I joined politics in 2018 by choosing the right platform to pursue my political ambition. The youth must be strategic and tactful while participating in the political process; study the terrain, network and deploy your digital skills to do things differently.” Shina Peller added

Also speaking, a former Minister of Youth and Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi appealed to the youth to be more organized in future agitations or protests by strategizing before launching out.

Bolaji Abdullahi said lack of good strategy and leadership during the nationwide #ENDSARS affected the organization and actualization of the youth agitations.

The Minister however urged the youth to join political process, noting that many problems are political and needs political solutions.

Another Panelist, Seyi Awolowo 2019 BBNaija House said politics has a big role to play in order to according desired change in Nigeria.

MACAA Executive Director, Seun Awogbenle

Seyi Awolowo said: ”I agree, politics has a very big role to play if we want to turn ideas into opportunities. We must also address underlying issues that makes it difficult people youths with business ideas to thrive. The economic situation and government’s attitude towards businesses is enough to kill an idea even before its implemented.

”Talking about politics is not straying from the main topic. every of your ideas are implicated by policies made by the government. You can’t remove the government from the equation of your ideas, doing so is why many ideas never see the daylight.”

On his part, Bollywood Actor, Deyemi Okanlawon stated that
fundamental problems in the country as flaw constitution must be addressed to make the
environment suitable for people to flourish.

Deyemi Okanlawon said Nigerian Youths must acquire right skills and proffer solutions to different problems in the country with a view of create wealth and sustainable means of livelihood. He disclosed that he started his first business by turning idea to innovation geared towards solving problem.

A female panelist who is an entrepreneur and beautician, Fatima Mamza encouraged the young generation to always standout and strive for excellent in all their endeavors. She noted that delivering excellent customer service and innovation play key role in business survival.

In his contribution, the Publisher of Cable Online, Mr Simon Kolawole opined that the youth possess qualities to add value to process of nation building and national development.

The Executive Director of Millennials Active Citizenship Advocacy Africa (MACAA), Seun Awogbenle said Citizens Conference is platform for Nigerians to dialogue and proffer solutions to various challenging facing Nigeria.

Awogbenle said MACAA adopted virtual session for Citizens Conference 2020 due to ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 500 participants across the country and beyond attended the virtual session that lasted for four hours.

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