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LSD trains Bayelsa youths for 2019 elections

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Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (LSD) has urged youths in Bayelsa State to take advantage of the 2019 election to seek elective position rather than act as thugs and ballot snatchers for desperate politicians

The centre, which started a three-day capacity workshop in Yenagoa recently insisted the youths should seize the 2019 opportunities to seek political offices.

Youths from various walks of life and different political leanings attended the interactive workshop, which was handled by experienced resource persons and facilitators. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop, the Executive Director, LSD, Dr. Otive Igbuzor, said the workshop was in line with the vision of the centre of building strategic leadership for sustainable development in Africa.

Igbuzor, who was represented by Monday Osasah said: “It is in the recognition of the need to build the capacity of the youth to engage and participate in elective and appointive positions that the Centre LSD is focusing on the project to build the capacity of youths interested in political offices in the three states of Edo, Delta and Bayelsa in the Niger Delta. 

“This project is unique in the Nigerian context in many ways. There are many youth programmes in Nigeria but there are none known to us focused specifically on building the capacity of young persons interested in elective office targeted at youth in the Niger Delta region.” 

He added that the project has been carefully crafted to meet the needs of young persons interested in political office to prepare them to assert their voice in the region’s decision-making process by developing their skills and knowledge required to be effective and confident leaders, saying, “We hope to build the capacity of at least 240 youths in the three states of Edo, Delta and Bayelsa, 80 youth in each of the three states to prepare them to contest elections in the 2019 elections and beyond.”

According to him, “The workshop would prepare the participants on leadership, political parties and elective offices; managing the electoral process and election observation; introduction to politics, democracy and party organisation.”

Others areas to centre is focusing are campaign planning and message development; election campaign framework, campaign financing and public speaking. He said the resource persons were carefully chosen to have a blend of scholars, development experts and experienced political actors.


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