Activista Nigeria Takes Voter Education To Grassroots
TO mobilise more Nigerians to actively participate in this year’s general elections, Activista Nigeria, held a sensitisation rally, where it educated residents of Surulere and Yaba on the importance of voting and voting right.
Members of the group and volunteers, who are mainly youths, started their walk at the School of Communication, Lagos State University, Surulre through Yaba Bus Stop and back to the school to terminate the exercise.
The youths, dressed in branded T-shirts, apart from giving pep talk on how to vote, and shun violence, enjoined members of the communities who had not collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), to go and collect it. Also, as they walked through the streets, fliers with different massages were distributed to members of the public.
Speaking on the reason for the rally, the Lagos Coordinator of the programme, Ewebiyi James, said that the campaign was specifically meant to educate the people on the need to vote on Election Day and to eschew any violence or malpractices.
Ewebiyi said that though the atmosphere is presently tensed, with some people feeling that it is not safe to conduct election, they are optimistic that a free and fair election is possible, especially if Nigerian youths shun violence.
According to him, it is important that all Nigerians, who are within voting age, vote because that is when they have the right to question those in authority and demand for the provision of basic infrastructures.
He disclosed that the group, Activista has been doing online campaign to educate Nigerians but decided to have the offline version to consolidate on the efforts made so far.
Oladejo Samiat, a student, though not a member of the group, said she decided to enlist in the rally because it is a just cause to enlighten people on the need to exercise their rights, which she had been doing on a personal note.
A member of the group, Dosunmi Teslim, said participating in the campaign was a thing of joy as he enlightened people on the need to vote and vote right. He enjoined others to help people within their environs to participate actively in this election.
Oyinkansola Sadiq said she happily joined the rally because the task of getting the grassroots to participate in the forthcoming election to ensure a positive effect cannot be left to others.
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