Youths urged to be politically active


MEMBERS of the Lagos State Youth Parliament have called on their peers across the country to take active participation in next year’s general elections.

Parliament Speaker Seriki Muritala, who spoke for others, spoke of the need for the youth population to leverage on their huge numbers to effect desired changes in the 2019 polls.

He urged youths to register with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in readiness for the elections.

Describing as regrettable that a larger percentage of Nigerians do not vote during elections, the speaker said that assembly members embarked on a road show to sensitize the public, especially the youth about the importance of voting and the need for them to get their PVC before the elections.

According to him, the youths have important role to playing in ensuring free, fair and credible elections, hence the need for them to be vibrant and vigilant.

He urged youths to stay away from violence and shun other social vices that could compromise their prospects in life and truncate their future.

Muritala said: “All hands must be on deck to complement the efforts of the state government especially in ridding the state of all social vices that is assuming an alarming rate in recent time.”

The speaker called for public support for Lagos State Kicks Against Drug Abuse (LASKADA), an anti-drug abuse campaign recently launched in Lagos by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to address drug among youths.

According to him, the LASKADA campaign should be a clarion call and a reminder to individuals, oganisations and societies at large to safeguard the future of the country.

Enjoining parents and guardians to give good parental care to their wards, he said: “Parents must be very observant and pay cursory attention to their children’s behavior and be on the look-out for strange attitudes and behavioral changes that may be drug-induced.”

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