The Youths in Ikorodu under the aegis of the National Youth Council Of Nigeria (NYCN), Ikorodu Division have demanded for a chance to be part of governance in the community.
The council said that the youths have for long been marginalized and that they need to be given a sense of belonging in governance.
In a communique issued after the Youths Interactive Stakeholders Session, it registered that it is imperative for the government at the local level to reveal their annual budgets to establish transparency and restore public trust.
It reads, “It’s observed that the youths have become one of the marginalized strata of the society and left to grapple with a number of issues such as unemployment to non-inclusion in governance, among others.
“It has become more than necessary to begin to give youths a sense of belonging in governance.
“It’s time for Ikorodu Division to give the youths a place in the history of governance particularly in the state assemblies and other relevant offices.
“It has become imperative for governments at the local level to open up their annual budgets in the interest of transparency and rebuilding public confidence. This, it’s believed, will even increase their internally generated revenue (IGR) as the citizens will have more reasons to pay their taxes and levies.”
They also called on the government to pay attention to people living with disabilities in the community, asserting that they are a part of the society and should not be neglected.
“The persons living with disabilities are part of our society, and as such, deliberate policies should be provided to ensure they don’t feel neglected,” it said.
The communique was signed by Comrade Odusanya Abdullateef TY Sleek, Coordinator, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA (Chairman), Comr Asoro Abubakri Olatunji, Coordinator, Ikorodu West LCDA (Secretary), Comrade Awal Folarin Adegboyega
Coordinator, Imota LCDA, Comr Idris Omotayo, Coordinator, Ikorodu Central, Comr Adewale Nurudeen, Coordinator, Ikorodu North and Comrades Bello Idris, Coordinator, Ijede LCDA