The Center For Strategic Leadership and Youth Orientation (CENSTLEYO) has expressed worry over youths apathy to elections in Anambra State.
The Anambra State Co-Ordinator of CENSTLEYO, Comrade Okwudili Nwadiogbu who expressed the concern in Awka during the group’s monthly youth orientation program themed, “Establishing Youths In Political Space”, appealed to youths to key into the vision and dreams of the organization.
Nwadiogbu said he was excited about the positive results recorded during CENSTLEYO’s engagement with political parties in Anambra State which according to him should be an Energizer member.
He however urged the youths to brace up as there were still more grounds to cover in the process of empowering the youths of the state to carry out their civic responsibilities during elections.
The Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CENSTLEYO, Mr Imah Felix Emeka assured the group’s readiness to go extra mile to ensure the youths occupied a pride of place in the political space.
He however urged youths to strive to solve identified challenges in their environment rather than running after politicians who have been using during elections and dumping them immediately after.
He further urged his members to expedite action toward ensuring a large turnout of youths during the political engagement with political parties and governorship aspirants scheduled for April 30.
The Project Director of CENSTLEYO, Comrade Uche Madubuko who lectured the participants on ‘Learning new techniques in reducing voter apathy among youth voters Anambra State.’ stressed the need for the youths to participate actively in elections.
He said the needed positive change the youths were yearning for could not be achieved when the youths who constitute the largest number of voters fail to vote during elections.
“The increasing reluctance among youths to participate in politics and exercise the right to vote is particularly alarming and amounts to weakening of democracy and loss of youth relevance,” he stressed.
Delegates from all the local government areas that participated in the orientation program presented issues responsible for youths’ apathy to elections and solutions were proffered.
Over three hundred youths participated in the programme.