Benin City: The youth of Edo State have presented a 5-top priority needs to Gov. Godwin Obaseki in a bid to holding him accountable during his second term in office. This was revealed by the Executive Director of Connected Advocacy for Empowerment and Youth Development Initiative (CAEYDI) and the focal person of the Vote Not Fight: Election No Be War campaign (VNF), Prince Israel Orekha during a press conference on Edo Youth Agenda (EYA), held in Benin City. He said the EYA contained top five priority needs identified by Edo youth during a survey conducted across the 18 local government areas of Edo State, for implementation by the State Government.
“The agenda represents the aspirations of young people in Edo State. The EYA is aimed at aggregating the voices of young people to engage political actors and demand for government accountability and transparency before, during and after the September 19, 2020 Edo governorship election.
“The EYA is a product of a survey of three hundred and sixty (360) Edo youth across the eighteen (18) local government areas of the State conducted by Connected Advocacy for Empowerment and Youth Development Initiative, using the random sampling methodology. The youth agenda presents to political parties and their candidates the priority issues of Edo youth. Edo State youth demand that the incoming government focused more on 1. Education, capacity building and skills development (17%); 2. Employment and Entrepreneurship (15%); 3. Peace and security (12%); 4. Health services (11%); and 5. Agriculture (9%). These five areas alone received 64% approval.
“The agenda serves as a tool for holding government accountable. It is expected that this agenda would stimulate a conversation among Edo youth on youth inclusion, decision making, governance and service delivery in the State. “It is believed that when these top 5 priorities is keenly implemented, Edo State will be on the pathway of sustainable youth development and will be an object of envy to other states in Nigeria.
“I will like to thank the State Governor- Godwin Obaseki for calling Edo youth together in a town hall meeting in an attempt to putting an end to the crisis that rocked the State as a result of the EndSars protest.
“I want to also appreciate the Governor for assuring Edo Youth that 60% of appointees in his next administration will be under 40. This will go along way in training the youth for future higher political responsibility. We thank him for the stride he has achieved, especially in digitalizing the educational sector which brought about the introduction of EdoBest and his proposed teacher fellowship that will later lead to full employment in the state’s civil service Commission”, Prince Orekha said.
Connected Advocacy is a youth focused Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Edo state whose mandate is to ensure the voices of the excluded (marginalized and vulnerable youth) are heard, and to create awareness on developmental issues to influence positive change.
By Isaac Eranga