The search and want for a well-structured economy free of insecurity, poverty, unemployment, inadequate power generation, healthcare system and educational system in Nigeria is paramount.
Research from Wikipedia shows that only 45 per cent of Nigeria’s population is connected to the national electricity grid whilst power supply difficulties are experienced around 85% of the time and almost non-existent in certain regions.
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As an eligible voter, taking part in the electoral process of your country is your civic responsibility. I say, it’s one thing for our youths to want a better nation and another to elect such a person to govern.
The Inter party Advisory Council (IPAC), the umbrella body of all existing political parties in Nigeria, said it would counter voter apathy by embarking on massive sensitization and enlightenment of the electorate at grassroot level across the country. This is important as ignorance at the grassroot level is a big issue.
The results of the elections lie in our numbers and ability to make the right decision, especially youths. People are easily swayed by what they see, living in the moment and forgetting the past and future.
We, the youths, need to look into the past and present administration of these aspirants and evaluate their contribution to the growth of our economy.
Watching their declaration speeches, all I hear are promises and propaganda. These same promises made us elect our past leaders but looking at how far Nigeria has come; we can say most of these promises haven’t been redeemed.
The Nigerian government has been tackling corruption, a bad education system, heightening insecurity. According to Statista.com, the unemployment rate in Nigeria in 2022 is estimated to reach 33%, a concern!
The economy has become harsher with costs increasing daily. So, we need to make the right choice and now is that time.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) vacated classrooms on March 14, and for nearly three months, the issues have not been addressed.
We clearly see where government’s priorities lie, and the level of importance the education sector is to the government.
The 2023 elections will be the seventh quadrennial elections since the end of military rule in 1999. The first step to electing the best candidate as Nigerian youths, is getting our Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
Pending the outcome of the primaries for the general elections, the second step is voting wisely.
We need to create a system that will move the country forward. We are Nigerian Youths, and the future of the nation is in our hands. Let’s ensure our votes count.
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