Ogun youths condemn ‘ambassador’ appointment on Laycon
• Demand immediate reversal
• Strive to achieve your dreams, Oyo lawmaker admonishes youths
The Ogun State Chapter of the New Light of Today’s Leaders Initiative (a.k.a. Youth In Politics) has demanded the immediate reversal of ‘Youth Ambassador’ and other largesse conferred on the winner of the just concluded Big Brother Naija reality TV show, Lekan Agbelesebioba (a.k.a. Laycon), by the state government.
In a petition to Governor Dapo Abiodun and signed by its State Ambassador, Oyalowo Ayodeji Raheem, after conducting an online survey among over one million youths, the group, which expressed its displeasure, said the conferment does not conform with the cultural value the eminent people of the state are known for.
“We represent over one million youths in the state and hereby state that the conferment of the position of Youth Ambassador on the entertainment icon be withdrawn with immediate effect,” the statement said.
The group also stated that tax-payers’ money showered on him to the tune of N5 million be withdrawn.
It further demanded that the house given to him be withdrawn as many youths and adults that have contributed immensely to the state’s growth are yet to own a land, let alone build houses.
The group also demanded that instead of expending hard earned tax-payers’ money on frivolities, the state government should by matter of urgency pay bursary to all “our youths in higher institutions immediately.”
It also asked that all outstanding payments owed workers and pensioners be remitted immediately to the appropriate quarters.
MEANWHILE, the lawmaker representing Kajola, Iwajowa Federal Constituency, Oyo State, Shina Peller, has admonished youths to resist the temptation of being shortchanged.
According to him, they are valuable assets to the nation if they can channel their energy in the right position and strive to achieve a Nigeria of their dream.
Peller gave this charge, yesterday, at a training organised by a non-governmental organisation, Lead Generation Initiative, for selected youths in Osun State.
Chairman of the organisation said the motive behind the training was to raise conscious leaders who will stand tall amid challenges.
He said Nigeria would become a better place with leaders that are ready to consciously take charge of their immediate community.
“Youths need to strive to take your rightful place and disallow being constantly shortchanged. Bring value to the table and boost your negotiating power,” he added.
He, however, attributed all the socio-vices among Nigerian youths to lack of the sustainable platform that could engage them to achieve their dream.