INSIDEMAINLAND– The Lagos State Government has taken its ongoing resident-sensitization program on Permanent Voters Card (PVC) registration and collection to the Lagos State University, Ojo and Lagos State University of Education, Ijanikin as part of efforts to ensure active participation of the youth, particularly students in higher institutions. The students were urged to join hands with the government in creating a new Nigeria.
The state government urged them to go out and register for their PVCs or pick them up from the INEC office if they had previously registered in a statement on Saturday, noting that doing so is a guaranteed license for taking part in the country’s election process.
Tokunbo Wahab, the special adviser to governor Sanwo-Olu on education, brought senior government officials to LASU to educate the students, and he emphasized the importance of increasing student participation in civic engagement and nation-building efforts.
He asserts that since youth and students make up roughly 53.5% of the nation’s total population, it is important to support them and provide them with the proper orientation and education about taking on leadership responsibilities and the need to vote in order to elect a leader who is devout to God and committed to infrastructure development and good governance.
The Office of the Special Adviser on Education (OSAE) organized the sensitization program, which was held at the Ijanikin Campus of the Lagos State University (LASU) and the Lagos State University of Education (LASUED). A large number of students attended, turning the event into a carnival-like event for all of the universities’ faculties and departments.
Wahab, who praised the management of the two institutions for upholding complete peace on their campuses (LASU and LASUED), also thanked them for staying out of the current Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike in support of Governor Sanwo-sustainable Olu’s educational development. He promised that the state government would not waver in implementing policies that would prioritize the welfare of both students and staff at all the state-owned institutions.
The Special Adviser urged the students to take advantage of having registration offices come to their campuses so they could register and obtain their PVCs. He noted that their PVCs were their main tool for combating hunger and poverty and that they could also use them to uphold good governance.
Professor Bidemi Bilikis Lafiaji-Okuneye, the acting vice chancellor of the Lagos State University of Education, LASUED, Ijanikin Campus, said in her remarks that the opportunity for students to fulfill their civic duty as country citizens would be provided by their being made aware of PVC collection.
Professor Lafiaji-Okuneye applauded INEC for establishing registration centers on the two campuses, noting that this would make it easier for students to register.
The sensitization initiative is one of the Governor Sanwo-Olu administration’s attempts to include young people in important decisions that directly affect their futures, according to Mr. Omotayo Sanya Olu, Special Advisor to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Students Affairs and Tertiary Education Matters.
Sanyaolu reminded the students that with their PVCs, they have the authority to choose who should be their leaders as she advised them to make effective use of the exercise to register and receive their PVCs.
While promising that the All Progressives Party in Lagos State under Samwo-Olu would continue to put youths at the center of its development programs, he asked them to support the State government and maintain calm on campuses for better and more effective development.
Adeoye Moses, a 400-level theatre arts student at LASU, the president of the students’ union, responded by praising the university’s students for turning out in such large numbers to register for their PVCs. He added that LASU students are always on the lookout for progressive development and that the SUG, which is under his leadership, will make sure that his colleagues fully participate in all upcoming elections in the nation in order to bring about good governance.
He praised the State government for improving LASU’s facilities and fostering a conducive climate for research advancements, stating that LASU under Sanwo-Olu has continued to rank among the top universities in the nation in terms of academic and moral standing.