Ekiti: Group demands youth’s involvement , engagement in governance

A civil society organization, advocating for accountability in governance, Inspiration Care and Development Centre (ICDC), has called for youth involvement in politics and crucial government issues.

The Executive Director of the Group, Olowolayemo Lawrence made the call un Ado-Ekiti Ekiti state capital on Friday while unveiling a program tagged ‘Beta Government project ‘ sponsored by the Nigeria Youth Future Fund in partnership with Leap Africa for strengthening youth voice for inclusive and accountable governance in Nigeria.

According to him, the Beta Government is a project targeted at establishing the Youth to get engaged with politics and governance in an attempt to compel accountability in governance in the country.

He said, “In Ekiti state, Inspiration Care and Development Centre will be implementing Beta Government initiatives under the Nigeria Youth Futures Fund 2024 grants cycle.

“Beta Governent is a transformative initiative aimed at amplifying youth voices in the pursuit of good governance, leadership and accountability in Nigeria. Our vision is to foster a government that works for all with a focus on citizens engagement, advocacy, capacity building, tech-driven approaches, and research.

“Selected youth will receive training on monitoring government projects and advocating for transparency at the local level, thereby contributing to the overall development and well-being of our community.”

Also, the Advisory Board Member of Nigeria Youth Future Fund, Modupe Mary Adetiba, appraised the ICDC initiative to promoting youth engagement in governance, while pledging commitment to youth development.

She said, “The Nigeria Youth Future Fund is to support the youth ecosystem, support for change in national level and pioneer youth involvement in governance. We congratulate ICDC for being part of the organization we are supporting for 2023 and 2024 funding. We are expecting that at the end of this event young people should be well exposed on how to engage the government for good governance.

On his part, Board Member of ICDC, Martin Mary Falana, revealed how the project seeks to counter ill vices, such as Internet fraud and drug abuse.

“I see many young youth in drugs, Internet fraud and other ill activities. This project will be engaging alot of civic education to energize our youth against these ill vices and looking into the development of the society, as well as seek inclusiveness. I think the Governor, Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji is a governor of inclusiveness.” He said.

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