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Prioritise voter registration as 2023 politicking, youths challenge politicians

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Youths of Southern Nigeria have advised politicians in the 17 states to channel similar efforts in organising rallies for 2023 to mobilise eligible voters in the region to register in the ongoing continuous voter registration (CVR).

In a statement issued by its Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Nnama Onyeka Prince and Secretary Noke Heskey in Enugu, yesterday, they decried the low sensitisation on the exercise in the regions since it commenced.

They said southern youths should be encouraged to play active role in the activities leading to the 2023 general elections and beyond.

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“The Southern Youths Initiative for Good Leadership assures all of a new era of leadership and governance beginning with the 2023 general elections. It will no longer be business as usual. This time, we will mobilise and encourage our youths in the 17 southern states to obtain their permanent voters card by registering in the ongoing voters registration.

“We want to change the way things are done and the only way to do so is to engage in active politics. We think those who have led the country so far have done their best, but there is plenty rooms for improvement. We don’t want to continue to sit by the side while things go the wrong way. It is time to act,” the statement reads.

They observed that part of the challenges militating against their active participation in the politics of the country was poverty, lack of access and support, stressing that they were determined to overcome the problem by coming together and assisting one another.

“We have, therefore, urged the youths to shun violence and be good ambassadors in their domains. We know how difficult it has become for them to engage in meaningful productive ventures, but we are working seriously to reach out to them with programmes that will engage them meaningfully.

“We are collaborating with non-governmental organisations to ensure that we give as much empowerment, as we can to our youths to enable them to be self-reliant,” they said.

The group, which pleaded with the governors and council chairmen in the region to support their sensitisation drive, stated that various groups have been empowered to ensure that they reach the entire region with the registration message.

“Our aim is to ensure that no youth is excluded from the exercise. We have the numerical strength to turn things around for good. The only problem is that we don’t believe in ourselves,” they added.

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