Ejigbo APC Youths Hold Inaugural Meeting, Plan Youth Empowerment
BY OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU, Lagos
The Youth Wing of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ejigbo Local Council Development Authority, LCDA, of Lagos State over the weekend held its first inaugural meeting at the Ejigbo LCDA Multipurpose Hall, Ejigbo, where they pledged to resist any attempt by any politician to use them for untoward political activities in the 2019 general election.
Ejigbo LCDA APC Youth Leader, Babajide Ogunmefun, in his inaugural speech said that “youths have the energy and intellectual capacity to either stabilize or disrupt the present,” adding that it is because of this that “callous politicians use unwise youths to snatch ballot boxes and overturn the people’s desire.”
He remarked, “Let me make it abundantly clear that we are not touts and politicians who need touts can start by recruiting their children. On the other hand, scrupulous politicians invest in the future of the youth to ensure stability now and in the future.”
He told LEADERSHIP in an exclusive chat that the focus of the Ejigbo APC youth wing is to empower themselves and other youths, not just by distributing so called empowerment items but through vocational training and skill acquisition, which will now be followed by provision of requisite implements to excel in their chosen trades.
He said, “We intend to empower our members by training them in various trades and vocations, leveraging on the assistance from the chairman of Ejigbo LCDA, Hon Monsuru Obe as well as other appointed and elected political office holders.
“When our members are gainfully employed, they would no longer be available to be recruited by unscrupulous politicians for any hatchet job to destabilize our electoral process.
We will also leverage on the opportunity of available loan facility through the Lagos State Empowerment Trust Fund to enable young people establish businesses and become employers of labour.
Also, the deputy youth leader in the LCDA, Shamsudeen Adeoti, in a chat with LEADERSHIP, pledged to give all necessary support to the youth leader to achieve their aim of empowering Ejigbo youths and set the pace for other youth wings of the APC in Lagos State.
The youth leaders also admonished youths to be circumspect in the choosing of who will represent them at the coming election.