Thirty-seven contestants from the 36 states of the federation and FCT will slug it out in a Reality TV Show grand finale tagged “The Next President Show”.
Mr Daddy Kris, organiser of the event and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Superior Radio and Television (SRTV), told newsmen in Abuja that the grand finale of the show would take place on Dec. 17 in Abuja.
Kris, who was represented by Mrs Shirley Ashiaku, a management staff of SRTV, said the 37 contestants regarded as ‘Youth Governors’ in their various states and FCT, were already in Abuja to vie for the youth president’s seat.
He said the essence of the show was to groom youths who would begin to plan for the future of the country.
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“Young people representing different states across the federation are here today deliberating on issues of national importance in their quest to be voted as the Youth President of Nigeria,” he said.
According to him, Nigeria does not have a shortage of natural resources or human resources but she lacks the effective mechanism to coordinate the human and natural resources to the benefit of her citizens.
“If it is true that we are not getting things right, then we need to plan for our future and our future is the youths.
“The Next President Show is to engage young people in our democratic processes and groom them as future leaders.
“The show is designed to give young people a voice in governance.
“This show started from the local government areas to the states and then, President; all aim at constructively engaging young people in governance and thereby grooming future leaders,” Kris said.
Mr Kenneth Paul, Head of Operations, SRTV, said plans were in the pipeline to replicate the show in South Africa, Ghana and Zimbabwe.
Paul also said that they have designed a trust fund to support viable young leaders in the country.
“The Next President Trust Fund will be one of the pet projects of the Youth President when elected”.
Mr Deji Adebayo, the Youth Governor representing Oyo State said their leadership skill had been tested and that they were able to show their capacity to lead from their various states.
Adebayo who doubles as the Chairman of the Youth Governors Forum said that each contestant had a mentor from their various states, and that they have been interacting with different political leaders.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some Nigerian leaders who have shown integrity and character in the discharge of their duty will be honoured at the grand finale of the show.