West African youths charged on role in politics

Youths in West African countries have been charged to be responsive to their political responsibilities to engender developments in sub-region. Making the call during a youth conference titled: ‘The Involvement and Participation of Young People in Public Life’ organised by organized by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) in Abidjan, Cote D’ Ivoire recently, the Media Aide to the governor of Delta State, Mr. Ossai Ovie Success, who is currently representing Nigeria at the West Africa Youths Conference, said it is necessary for Africa youth to get engaged in business and also venture into politics.

According to him, “Youths are the leaders of today and tomorrow and there is the need for those in West African countries to venture into politics. But before doing that, they must be engaged.

“As youths, there is also the need to participate in politics by voting and contesting elections. That is the only way we can participate in decision-making and policy formulation. The time for youths to get involved in politics is now; we are no longer the leaders of tomorrow but today.”

Explaining the advantages of youths’ participation in governance, Success said, “The involvement of youth in politics leads to civic engagement, which is broader than political engagement because it can include service to the community through involvement in health, education and charity work.

“Political engagement is a more targeted aspect of civic engagement and could be expressed through voting, participating in political demonstrations and signing petitions for specific issues.

“In order to have a better ‘young citizenship’ politics is one of the best tools. In countries of dictatorship, the younger generation’s fresh ideas and new leadership can help to overcome authoritarian practices.”

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