By Bisi Ajisola…
Truth be told, an entity that desires any reasonable advancement (be it economic, socio-political, career advancement) must be deliberate about the quality of people that occupies leadership positions. And this is why investing in youth leadership is of great necessity as we speak. Youth involvement in governance and policymaking will not only facilitate social change but also enhance their minds and prepare them to be accountable, inspiring, and genuine leaders.
Equipping passionate, selfless, and committed young citizens with requisite knowledge and skills will be the magic wand for challenging the status quo as well as driving positive change that we all crave.
We, at Raising New Voices initiative, understand the role a group of informed and vibrant young people can play in nation building, hence, the essence of our NVCF program.
This year’s edition, which happened to be the second cohort comprises of carefully selected 20 passionate young fellows from 20 local council areas of Osun state.
The training kick-started in March 2021 physically with the topic “Organizational building and grant writing”. Since then, these Fellows have undergone various Capacity building trainings that have pushed them to be more. The trainings were brought to a close on Saturday 13, November 2021 in grand style as quite a number of bigwigs in the socio-political space, elected political leaders, and government appointees graced the graduation ceremony. The event took place at GMT Hotel, Osogbo, Osun State.
Honourable Adewumi Adeyemi, Osun State House of Assembly member, while speaking on the panel said that the NVCF program has clearly shown that “the youths are ready to take charge of the political system”, but also added that the youths “are not ready for the kind of politics that goes on now”. The Chief Press Secretary to the Osun State Government, Mr. Ismail Omipidan, who also spoke on the same panel, advised young people to “divert the energies they use on social media to participate in actual politics”.
In his keynote address, Honourable Yemi Lawal, Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Osun state, admonished the Fellows to always consider leadership as “setting your priorities right based on the needs of the people”. He said that leadership is about service to the people and there is no other way to go around it. Mr. Yemi Lawal was full of praise for the NVCF program and congratulated Raising New Voices for putting together such an “impactful program in Osun state”. He further gave a commitment to support future NVCF and RNV programs in Osun state. He also appreciated Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung for their to the NVCF program.
Miss Opeyemi Oladunjoye, Dayo Nigeria, Juliana Anosike, programs coordinator at Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung, were those who graced the occasion. Others included Comrade Abosede Oluwaseun, APC Osun state youth leader, Sogo Omo-Osun, Jamiu Ganiyu, among others
Mr. Jude Feranmi, convener of Raising New Voices, together with Honourable Yemi Lawal, Dayo Nigeria, Mr. Ismail Omipidan, and Ms. Juliana Anosike presented the certificate of completion to the Fellows. Thereafter, several other guests took turns to speak and they all commended the NVCF program as it was a novel program in Osun state.
We have no doubt that these ones will make a difference as the new knowledge they have acquired will make their voices heard even more clearly and loudly in their various communities.
Raising New Voices is proud to have produced a group of committed fellows who are not just fully aware of how things are done in a democratic society but are ready to shine their lights till the darkness is eradicated completely.
Would you love to also be a change agent in your community? What do you care about? Are you currently working on something in your community that you want us to know about?
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