By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the last governorship election in Ogun State, Prince Gboyega Isiaka, has charged youths to be part of Nigeria’s project to achieve the country of their dream.
Isiaka gave the charge at the inauguration of the State’s Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries And Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) and the swearing-in of Pioneer Executives of the institute held in Abeokuta, the state capital.
He charged them, especially the youths to get involved in the Nigerian project so that we can have the Nigeria of our dream.
He challenged the youths to channel the energy put into the #EndSARS protest to support the federal government’s initiative in the fight against insecurity and other vices in the country.
According to him, the incessant kidnappings, killings, and other security challenges bedeviling the nation are lingering because the youths, whom he described as critical stakeholders in nation-building refused to see the struggle as a collective responsibility.
To him, “The youths are just talking, they are not getting involved but they are more in population.”
Isiaka expressed fear that the challenges that the country is facing may become insurmountable if the population increases by 2050.
To end the challenges, he said all other stakeholders such as security agencies must also join forces with the federal government, adding, “We are all aware of where we are today and it won’t be fair to fold our arms and believe that some people will fix it.”
“For Nigeria to thrive, it’s in the hands of all of us. All of us must contribute our bit for Nigeria to thrive. We are all aware of where we are today and it won’t be fair to fold our arm and believe that some people will fix it”.
“Today, they will tell you that our population is between 200 and 210 million. We are the seven largest population in the world and it is projected that by 2050, we will be 401 million in population and we shall be number three in the world after India and China”.
“Let everybody be involved. We can only have a thriving profession if we have a thriving country. When it comes to leadership of the country and leadership of the state, let everybody be involved.
“When it comes to building our country, people shouldn’t think they are not involved. When we had the #EndSARS, the expectation was that in the by-elections that came after that, the youths would come out en-mass and be involved. But the opposite was the case
“By now, I thought the youths must have come up with a political party, with which they will contest elective positions in 2023. As it is, they have folded their arms. They don’t want to get involved”.
Delivering a lecture titled, “The Imperatives of Good Governance: Leveraging Governance Principles”, the Guest Speaker, Francis Olawale charged the government to come up with principles that would geared towards the development of the nation.
One of the many reasons why government fail, he said was due to failure to carry the citizens along with in formulation of policies and other decision-making processes.
The newly-inaugurated Chairman, Mrs. Olubukunola Adebayo pledged to come up with programs that would not only benefit her members but also move the state and the nation forward.