Let's talk some citizenship matter today. I was invited to the Media launch of the Young legislators Accountability Project yesterday at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel.
It was a great time meeting young legislators below 45 years old who are redefining politics by using the tool of Constituency Accountability Dialogues to engage their constituents.In attendance were Hon David Ombugadu, Hon. Adedapo Lam Adeshina, Hon Agboola, Hon Raphael Nnanna Igbokwe, Hon Saheed Akinade Fijabi, Hon Gaza Jonathan Gbefwi and it was so refreshing to see that they are social savvy too. In fact Hon. David testified that he maximised his facebook page and other social media platform to win elections and that he did not spend so much money and at 31, he got into his political career. Wow!
So the aim of the project is to have young legislators be accountable to people who elected them and show a new wave of political effectiveness that amongst other things will help business and create an enabling atmosphere.
The team of YIAGA headed by Samson Itodo has the partnership of Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA) headed by Jude Udo Ilo, DFID represented by Clara Barnett, the US Embassy represented by Bella Anne Ndubuisi, the Inter-parliamentary Union - Forum of Young Parliamentarian (IPU-FYP) headed by Hon. Raphael Nnanna Igbokwe and other development organisations, Civil society organisations and ofcourse the Media including this blog. Yeah!
There was an interactive session that put a searchlight on salient issues posing a threat to youth participation in politics amongst other issues. The Project was unveiled by Mr. Ezenwa Nwagwu, Chair, Partners for Electoral Reform (PER) and also the Head, Research, Policy and Advocacy of YIAGA, Mr. Samson Itodo.
My interest as an entrepreneur is to applaud the courage of the organisers as the effective deployment of this project #YLAPNG will further boost business set up, growth and make Nigeria's GDP soar, because when our leaders lead right, and conscientiously, trust and revenues will be channelled towards economic growth and wealth creation. We at #JCB are happy to partner with this laudable projects.