- The Comptroller General of Drugs of India (DCGI) has granted approval for the first intranasal COVID-19 vaccine iNCOVACC, the Department of Biotechnology said on Tuesday.
Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL), the manufacturer of iNCOVACC (BBV154), has received emergency restricted use approval for persons aged 18 years and over in India for heterologous booster doses.
The vaccine manufacturer said in a statement: "iNCOVACC is a recombinant replication-deficient adenovirus vectored vaccine with a stabilized SARS-CoV-2 spike protein prior to fusion. This vaccine candidate was evaluated in Phase I clinical trials." , II and III with successful results."
"iNCOVACC has been specifically formulated to allow intranasal delivery via nasal drops. The nasal delivery system has been designed and developed to be cost-effective in low- and middle-income countries."
According to Bharat Biotech, iNCOVACC was developed in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, which had designed and developed the recombinant adenovirus-vectored construct and evaluated it in preclinical studies for efficacy. ■
- Australian researchers have developed a nasally administered subunit vaccine that has the potential to improve protection against COVID-19 infection and minimize viral spread.
The research team from the University of Sydney and the Centennial Institute reported preclinical testing of their newly developed nasal vaccine in a study published in the journal Nature Communications.
The subunit vaccine, which combines the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and a Pam2Cys adjuvant, could induce substantial neutralizing antibodies against the virus in mice, with increased T-cell responses in the lungs, according to the study. and the respiratory tract.
"Current SARS-CoV-2 vaccines substantially reduce mortality and severe disease, but protection against infection is less effective. Vaccinated people still contract COVID-19 and can spread the infection, so they are still are producing major infections," said Anneliese Ashhurst, lead author and a researcher at the University of Sydney and the Centenary Institute.
"Our vaccine differs from most current COVID-19 vaccines in that it enables an immune response to be generated directly in those areas of the body that are likely to be the first point of contact for the virus, the nose, respiratory tract, and lungs," he said. indicated.
Ashhurst said Friday that they have tested giving the vaccine by injection or through the nose.
“While both routes were effective, nasal administration substantially enhanced immune responses locally in the nose, airways, and lungs. We achieved complete protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection,” the expert said.
The study also noted that adapted versions of this new nasal vaccine could also potentially be applied to other viral or bacterial respiratory diseases, such as influenza, bird flu, SARS, and MERS. ■
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Can the social media space be regulated in a way that gives young people the opportunity to release positive energy into society without stifling their voices? Experts say it is possible.
Young people constitute the majority of those who use the space of social networks to interact, empower themselves and self-realize.
They have taken advantage of advances in information and communication technology as a means of communication. Among the leading social networks in Nigeria are Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
While young people may have limited political power to advocate for their views, they can harness the potential of social media to promote peace in Nigeria.
Although social networks have their own negative aspects, they also have numerous advantages, such as facilitating access to mentoring, socializing, and creativity.
Through its network mechanisms, social networks spread news faster and have a broader reach than conventional media.
Encourage group participation in discussions and activities on the platform to drive critical information and nurture ideas.
Young people can take advantage of this unique social environment to spread positive atmospheres such as peace and nation building.
While many young people have used social media to create wealth, education, and obtain information and entertainment, many have used it to propagate violent behavior and other social vices.
Experts say the federal government has a role to play in reorienting the culture and orientation of youth social networks from the negative to the positive through proper regulation.
The government is aware of this, as evidenced by Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
In June 2021, while appearing before a public hearing organized by representatives, Mohammed called on lawmakers to amend the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) law to empower the agency to regulate online and social media.
The minister said: "Internet broadcasting and all online media should be included in this because we have a responsibility to monitor content, including Twitter."
Similarly, in June, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) also announced a draft document for the Code of Practice for Internet Intermediary/Interactive Computer Service Platforms and Conditions for Operating in Nigeria.
The code seeks, among many others, to compel online platforms to provide any supporting information to assist government agencies in investigating and prosecuting users who violate the code's provisions.
Reinforcing these thoughts, Dr. Bakut Bakut, Director General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, IPCR, said: "Preventing tomorrow's conflict means changing the mindset of today's youth."
Bakut, who said this while delivering a welcome speech at a conference in Abuja recently, said that young people could be redirected to use social media as a tool for peacebuilding.
According to him, young people use social networks more frequently and are more likely to become victims of violence and can also be recruited by extremists.
The two-day conference, which was organized in collaboration with the Center for Peace and Strategic Studies of the University of Ilorin, CPSS, had as its theme "Youth, social networks and community peacebuilding".
“This is an important issue because technology can be a means by which terrorists recruit young people or a means by which young men and women can help build peace.
"Although young people are crucial actors in peacebuilding, they have been excluded from the process and instead are seen as 'manipulated' tools for violent conflict and social unrest," he said.
Bakut recalled the October 2020 #EndSARS protest, which was organized by largely youth users against police brutality.
He said it showed that social media was dangerously out of control and a breeding ground for fake news, hate speech, misinformation and incitement to online riots, hence the need to regulate it.
He said the conference offered opportunities for new ideas to gain youth support for community peacebuilding initiatives and the incorporation of social media, especially given current insecurity concerns in Nigeria.
Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, while corroborating Bakut's view, said that regulating social media would curb online abuse and engage young people to promote peace.
Speaking on the topic, "Use of social media and its implications in building community peace among young Nigerians," he said that regulating social media was the best way to ensure that young people use social media in a positive.
Represented by Prof. AL Azeez, Dean of the Faculty of Mass Communication at the University of Ilorin, Sulyman said that social networks must be regulated if the recklessness of young people in the use of social network space is drastically reduced.
“How can we get young people to use the media in a positive way; empower oneself and, at the same time, deploy it for the construction of peace? The best way is to regulate the social media space.
“Regulation and control of the social media space for reasons of humanity, peace and security are ostensibly plausible, as such justifications have been invoked in Pakistan, Malaysia and India.
"This is why many communication and peace scholars have stepped up their support and agitation for a legal framework to regulate Nigeria's social media space through the Social Media Act," he said.
The former vice chancellor said that social media platforms should be used to facilitate virtual dialogues between stakeholders to achieve peace and security.
“The use and adoption of social networks by young people should aim to promote peaceful coexistence among various ethnic groups.
“Through social media, Nigerian youth must build a strong consensus on the issues that affect their lives and well-being.
"No significant socioeconomic and human development can take place in a nation where its youth are concerned about sharing divisive and inciting rhetoric on social media," the don said.
Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, Director General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), stressed the need to directly involve youth in peacebuilding.
“One of the ways that we can push these kinds of conversations forward in a concrete way, in the future, would be to invite young people to be part of this kind of discussion,” he said.
According to him, the Nigerian policy document defines a youth as someone between the ages of 15 and 30, which means that he is in custody and not yet self-employed.
“However, I will expand that definition to mean that youth is a social category, so a youth is whoever a particular person says they are, regardless of their age.
“So if you have an awareness of being young or old, that is who you are. There are people who are 40 years old but already feel old, so let it be with them that they are old, ”he said.
Prof. Oyeronke Olademo, Director, Center for Peace and Strategic Studies. University of Ilorin, urged adults to use social media platforms to counter negative narratives about youth and the country.
“For me, curbing the excesses of young people on social media and redirecting them to peacebuilding requires older people to flood cyberspace with positive narratives.
"This will overwhelm any negative narratives or fake news that young people might spread on these platforms," he said.
Experts say that while it is important to regulate the social media space, caution must be exercised in doing so to avoid muzzling the media, infringing on freedom of expression and fundamental human rights. (Characteristic)
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Business mogul, Dr Jimoh Ibrahim, on Friday said that his N10 million donation for renovation of a council secretariat in Ondo State was not for political aggrandisement.
The billionaire businessman said that the donation was in the realisaton that government alone could not meet all needs.
Ibrahim made this know during a courtesy visit to him by some executives and staff of the Okitipupa Local Government, at the University of Fortunes, Igbotako in Ondo State.
Ibrahim donated the N10 million for repair of Okitipupa Local Government secretariat burnt during the EndSARS crisis in 2020. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibrahim is the All Progressives Congress Candidate for Ondo South Senatorial District in the 2023 General Elections.
Ibrahim, the Founder of University of Fortunes, Igbotako, made the donation in early 2022. Workers resumed work that the secretariat in March.
The local government executives and staff visited the billionaire businessman to thank him for the donation.
Taking the visitors round the university, Ibrahim lauded the Chairman, Mr Igbekele Akinrinwa, for showing appreciation for the donation.
Ibrahim promised to further support the local government by organising special trainings for its staff through the University of Fortunes, when completed.
He solicited the support of the people of the council area toward his election bid in 2023. “I, therefore, solicit your support in next year’s general elections for Ondo South to wear a new look through quality representation.
“This is where I grew up and I am familiar with the people’s challenges, I will ensure these challenges are solved one after the other to provide a new lease of life for our people.
“By God’s grace, with your support and that of the entire people of Ondo South, when I get to the Senate, I will ensure the Federal Government will take steps in tackling power supply challenges in our district.
“Ensure you get your permanent voter’s cards ready so that you can decide who represents you at the Senate in 2023,” Ibrahim said.
Earlier, Akinrinwa represented by his deputy, Mr Ola Iwaeni, said that the visit became necessary to express appreciation for the N10 million donation.
“The magnitude of the destruction was much, but Ibrahim gave us assistance when he became aware of our plight without we even appealing to him for the assistance.
“We promise to support you as you are going for Ondo South Senatorial Election next year,” Akinrinwa said.
Mr Niyi Adesokan, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Okitipupa Branch, said that Ibrahim had unparalleled sense of community development.
“Your unparalleled sense of community development and patriotism is well documented and appreciated by the people of this LGA and beyond.
“The footprints of your humanitarian interventions in the society are visible and underscore the love you have for your people at large,” Adesokan said.
Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem, the immediate past Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, has called for the regulation of the social media to curb abuse by the youth and promote peace-building in the country.
Abdulkareem made the call in a keynote address at a conference organised by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) in collaboration with the University of Ilorin in Abuja on Friday.
The theme of the two-day conference, which attracted participants from various walks of life is,”Youth, Social Media Media and Community Peacebuilding.
Speaking on the topic, “Social Media Use and its implications on Community Peacebuilding Among Nigerian Youths,” he said social media regulation was the best way to ensure that youths use it for peacebuilding.
Represented by Prof A.
L. Azeez, Dean, Faculty of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin, Sulyman said the social media must be regulated if the youth’s recklessness in using social media continues unabated.
”How can we make youths to use social media positively to empower themselves while at the same time deploying it for peacebuilding?
The best way is by controlling and regulating the social media space.
“The regulation and control of social media space on grounds of humanity, peace and security are ostensibly plausible as such justifications have been invoked in Pakistan, Malaysia and India.
“This is why many scholars of communication and peace have intensified their support and agitation for a legal framework for regulating our social media space through the social media bill.
” Abdulkareem stressed that for effective development of social media among Nigerian youths towards community peacebuilding efforts, the youth must consciously attempt to promote credible information on their platforms.
The former vice-chancellor said that the social platforms too should be used to facilitate virtual dialogues among community stakeholders towards achieving peace and security among the people.
According to him, the youth while using the social media should also be conflict sensitive, adding that this would prevent the use of stereotyping and profiling strategies in framing sensitive issues.
“The youth’s use and adoption of social media should be aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence among various ethnic groups.
Through social media, Nigerian youths should build strong consensus on issues that affect their lives and wellbeing.
“No meaningful socioeconomic and human development in a nation where its youths are preoccupied with sharing divisive and inciting rhetoric on social media,” the don said.
Abdulkareem noted that the social media had become a fertile ground or platform for “computational propaganda trolling and weaponisation of information as evidenced in the spread of disinformation and misinformation.
” He decried the preponderance of fake news and hate speech in the social media, which he said were capable of sustaining the culture of intolerance and promoting diversity instead of cohesion for national stability.
“It is a poison that divides society, blinds the mind, reinforces sentiments and can plunge society into unending conflicts that hinder development and create unstable society.
It is indeed a threat to peace, unity and order of a nation,” he added.
Prof Eghosa Osaghae, Director-General, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), in his remark, called for the extension of invitation to the youths to attend conferences which border on their role in the society.
According to him, there is the need to always talk directly to the youths themselves on issues that concern them at a conference like the one in question in order to succinctly drive home the message on the subject matter.
Osaghae noted that there was actually no clear cut or well defined age for one to be called a youth, adding that anyone at any age could call oneself a youth.
“One of the ways that we can push these kinds of conversations concretely forward would be to invite the youth to be part of the debate,” he said.
According to him, the Nigerian policy paper defines the youth as someone who is between the age of 15-30, which means he or she is under custody and not yet autonomous.
“I’ll however extend that definition to mean that the youth is a social category, so a youth is he or she that a youth says he or she is, notwithstanding their age.
“So if you have a consciousness of being young or old that’s who you are.
There are people who are 49 but they already feel they’re old, so let it be with them, they’re old.
“There are people who are 25, and are all grey and feel they are old, so be it.
So in terms of social construction, you are who you say you are, old or young,” Osaghae said.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Director-General, IPCR, Dr Bakut Bakut, said that given the current concerns in Nigeria regarding the youth, media and peacebuilding, the conference’s theme was apt and timely.
Bakut recalled the #EndSARS protest which was organised by the Nigerian youth, saying it clearly demonstrated that the social media was a breeding ground for fake news, hate speech, misinformation and online incitement of unrest.
He said the youth could use social media as a tool for peacebuilding because they use it more frequently but are more likely to become victims of violence and be recruited by extremists.
“This is a significant issue because technology can either be a medium through which terrorists recruit young people or a means through which young men and women can help in building peace.
“Although young are crucial players in peacebuilding, they have been excluded from the process and are instead thought of as manipulable tools for violent conflicts and social unrest.
“Hence, the need for this conference aimed at bringing together scholars, researchers and students along with media practitioners to discuss how to effectively engage and support youths in peacebuilding,” he said.
Bakut said “preventing the conflict of tomorrow means changing the mindset of the youth today,” adding that the conference offered opportunities for fresh ideas to gain youths’ support for community peacebuilding initiatives and incorporating social media.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 100 participants and other resource persons presented papers on various sub-themes at the conference.
Some human rights stakeholders in Bauchi State, on Thursday, said that synergy and trust between the Nigerian Police Force and the citizens would promote peaceful coexistence in Nigeria.
This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a stakeholders’ engagement on trust building between the citizens and security agencies.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme was facilitated by Foundation for Societal Empowerment and Rejuvenation (FOSER), a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
Some of the stakeholders at the meeting included: the police, officials from the Department of State Services (DSS), persons with disabilities (PWDs), Federal Road Safety Commission and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Others were: religious and traditional leaders, civil society groups, selected youth, women groups, the media and officials of civil rights commission, among others.
The stakeholders decried what they called lack of trust between the police and the citizens in the country, adding that it had constituted a great threat to a peaceful society and factor contributing to the violation of human rights.
“There is a lack of trust between the police and the citizens; the society’s perception of the police is negative, often viewed as corrupt, brutal, insensitive, illiterate, dirty and untrained.
“The police, on the other hand, find it difficult to trust the citizens, especially with the EndSARS experience, and again, the community sometimes hides criminals.
“All these continue to pose a threat to human security and contribute to the violation of human rights,” they said.
The stakeholders stated that the objective of the meeting was drawn from the consideration that promotion of human rights was a collaborative effort of both the security agents and the citizens.
They added that the meeting would also help to reduce police brutality by 20 per cent in the state through with an overall vision of Nigeria where everyone’s human rights were protected.
“Citizens themselves, in a way, consciously or unconsciously, contribute to the decadence obtainable in the police force due to lack of value attached to police work.
“This is reflected often by recommending or sending unqualified members of the society to join the police, of which often some of these recommended persons from the society are, most times, over-age and cannot be easily trained.
“The implication of having unqualified persons in the police force will continue to pose a threat to lives or brutality to the citizens, unless it is addressed,” they said.
In order to address the issue, the stakeholders advocated for the implementation of constitutional rights and responsibilities to promote the issue of human rights.
They also advocated for an increase in the human right awareness as well as the need for the civil society organisations and security agencies to enlighten security agents on the rules of engagement.
NAN reports that the communiqué was jointly signed by Mr Sani Inuwa, a representative of the law enforcement agents and Usma’u Yahaya, representing CSOs, human rights commission and PWDs. Other signatories to the communiqué were: Usama Muhammad, representing religious and traditional leaders and Abdulsalam Saleh from youth groups.
NAN reports that the stakeholders’ engagement was in collaboration with Initiative for the Liberalisation of Persons With Disability in Nigeria (ILPWDN), with support from Voice Nigeria from Global Affairs Canada.
Retail Supermarket Nigeria Ltd (RSNL), owners of Shoprite in Nigeria, has announced the resumption of commercial activities at its store in Circle Mall, Jakande, Lekki area, after a 24-month long closure.
The Chief Executive Officer, RSNL, Mr Hubertus Rick, made the disclosure at the Circle Mall reopening ceremony on Friday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that economic activities at the mall was brought to a halt following a series of looting incidents which occurred on the heels of the nationwide #EndSARS protests in 2020. The Circle Mall store; one of 24 nationwide outlets currently bridging the gap between local businesses and consumers before the protests accommodated close to 50 businesses.
Rick said the mall’s reopening was in line with the RSNL’s quest to make formal retail formats accessible to more Nigerians while rebuilding the economy.
This, he explained, was in view of the fact that over the years, Shoprite Nigeria had made significant contributions to the nation’s economy.
He noted that the company currently boasts of 10,000 staff; directly and indirectly employed with a supply chain of more than 300 leading Nigerian suppliers, and partnership with many small businesses, farmers, suppliers of an assortment of local brands.
“Two years ago, we made a tough decision to shut down operations at the Shoprite Circle Mall in response to the insecurity situation.
“The closure was in the interest of our customers as well as our staff as we had to prioritise the safety of lives and properties ahead of other interests.
“Today, we’re happy to commence operations again as we have put measures in place to ensure the safety of all who will walk through our doors.
“We are aware of the impact that the closure has had on our supply chain as well as the business at large.
“As we reopen this store and other outlets in subsequent months, we are prioritising ensuring a safe shopping environment for our customers while expanding our retail network,” he said.
****Rick also announced that the company, within the next six months, would open up its malls in locations namely: Benin, Kaduna and Port Harcourt.
He reiterated the company’s commitment to the safety and freshness of all consumables, agricultural and butchery products via its full integration from the farming, slaughtering to preparing for its customers.
Mr Olurotimi Bajomo, Centre Manager, Circle Mall, said the company went through several insurance and other processes to restart its operations.
Bajomo, assuring its customers of a rejigged security architecture, said the management had introduced several physical reenactments on the premises to avert any form of mis-happening.
“The management of the mall has introduced physical reenactments such as roller shutter doors, and engaged the services of the Nigeria Police and military officials as well as other security outfit to guarantee the safety of investments, people and properties.
“The management has also began community liaison to engage the community better to protect against a repeat of any negative occurrences.
“The company is ready to provide bigger and better services to all its customers,” he said.
Some Celebrities and organisers of the 2020 EndSARS protest have marked its anniversary with a peaceful procession through the Lekki Toll Gate on Thursday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some Nigerians protested against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police, now disbanded, over alleged human rights abuses and other allegations.
The protesters were allegedly attacked by security agents at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, where some persons were reportedly killed.
NAN reports that the participants in procession walked from Ajah end of the road across the Lekki Toll Gate towards the Lekki end of the state.
NAN observed that while some of the participants walked, some drove in their cars waving the Nigerian Flag, blasting their car horns, singing, while some carried caskets.
Operatives of the Nigeria Police, the Directorate of State Security (DSS) and some other paramilitary services were seen armed at the toll gate to maintain peace.
A Nigerian Musician and songwriter,, Folarin Falana (AKA Falz), told journalists during the procession that the event was to commemorate the alleged death of citizens, particularly youths who were allegedly killed at the Lekki Tollgate on Oct. 20, 2020. “We have to continue to come up with justice and continue to honour the ones that paid with their lives for us.
“We just came through this Lekki Toll Gate in their memory.
We were waving our flags as we passed, some people are carrying caskets.
It is very symbolic, those coffins have meanings in them.
“After the walk, we all go back home.
We are not out to cause trouble, we tried as much as possible not to even cause traffic gridlock.
” On the 2023 general elections, Falana called on the youths to focus on the elections with a view to ushering in a new set of leaders that would move Nigeria to a better level.
“People are serious about justice, people are serious about the rule of law, people are serious about what they want, people are serious about human rights, that is what I want the youths to focused on,” he said.
Another celebrity, a Nollywood Actor, Adebowale Adedayo (AKA Macaroni), urged the federal and state governments to do more to improve the lives of the Nigerian youths.
Adedayo noted that the youths have been consistent in the struggle for a better Nigeria, stressing that they have been peaceful in their conducts during the procession.
“Government should realise that this fight is for the Nigerians.
We are all Nigerians.
We are Nigerians first before becoming police officers, governors or President.
“So, at the end of the day, if Nigeria is good for all, we will have a peaceful country.
That is all we want,” he said.
The Nigerian Influencer and entrepreneur, Feyikemi Abudu, also called on the youths to take the next elections seriously by ensuring they obtained their PVCs with a view to voting leaders of their choices.
In recognition of the dignity and rights of citizens and residents, the Lagos State House of Assembly is seeking to establish the Lagos State Human Rights Committee.
The Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Mr Victor Akande, made this known during a stakeholders meeting on Wednesday at the assembly complex.
Akande said the committee was created in the Bill titled, ‘A Law to amend the Office of the Public Defender Law, 2015.’He noted that upon the transfer of any executive bill to the Legislative House, it was important to observe a public hearing and in this case, a stakeholders meeting is needed to take into cognisance the observations of the public.
The lawmaker stated that the creation of the Lagos State Human Rights Committee would further enhance the adoption of equal and inalienable rights of all members of the public.
He promised that the Lagos State House of Assembly would put a searchlight on the bill and expand it where such was needed.
The chairman added that the House would come up with a robust law that would attend to the problems of citizens and look for a better way to defend them.
Speaking, Human Rights Activist, Mr Femi Falana, appreciated the executive arm for sending the bill to the House as part of the resolutions formed at the EndSARS State Judicial Panels of Inquiry.
Falana noted that the Office of the Public Defender had been saddled with a monumental task of protecting the rights of residents and visitors to Lagos State from both government officials, private individuals and organisations.
“The intended Human Rights Committee should be an independent body as it will be an agency that will register complaints and petitions of over 21 million people.
“It will also address international fora and organisations such as ECOWAS and the United Nations over human rights issues in Lagos, Nigeria and Africa,” he said.
Falana, who argued in favour of its independence, said the funding of the agency should also be independent as most human rights bodies did not depend on stipends from the government.
He suggested that the composition of the committee should involved one senior officer from the Nigerian Armed Forces to bridge the gap between the Force and any human rights cases that would be heard by the committee.
Falana further suggested that after the stakeholders’ meeting, various human rights bodies in the state be contacted to receive their memoranda.
On her part, the Director of Office of the Public Defender, Lagos, Mrs Olayinka Adenrera, said the committee would require separate funding as the Public Defender’s Office was already overwhelmed with human rights cases.
Also, Mrs Bimbo Sowemimo, from the Ministry of Justice, said the state intended to implement the recommendations of the panel of inquiry into the EndSARS.
Sowemimo added that the amendment being sought was an attempt to put that in motion, monitor and observe its efficiency in the system.
Similarly, Mrs Semi Ogunfowode, Chief State Counsel from the Citizens Mediation Centre, commended the process in relation to the bill.
Ogunfowode said the committee was proof that the government was concerned with the wellbeing of the people.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has charged public office holders and political class to always engage the youths to foster development, peace and unity in the country.
Sanwo-Olu gave the advice in Ikeja at a lecture with the theme: ”Youths And The Sustenance Of Democracy: Issues And The Challenges”, to mark the 64th birthday of a renowned activist, lawyer and journalist, Mr Richard Akinnola.
He urged Nigerian youths to be actively involved in Nigeria’s democratic process for a better future, adding that Nigerians should join hands to strengthen and grow the country’s democracy.
The governor, who acknowledged that challenges abound in the country, with respect to political, ethnic, social and religious issues, said the real test of leadership remained the ability to rise up and surmount the myriad of challenges facing the nation.
According to him, the responsibility of government and as leaders, is to reduce the tendency of poverty and create opportunities to take people out of the shackles of poverty.
”Education happens to be one; knowledge and skill acquisition is another one.
Once you are able to liberate yourself from the shackles of poverty, then you have a free mind, heart and soul to desire and design things for yourself.
”There is a huge opportunity in this country.
I want to urge all of you as builders of the nation and leaders of tomorrow not to lose hope.
People that lose hope are people that are doomed.
”You cannot lose hope.
Every day you wake up is hope for you and that hope should be the thing that should drive you.
That hope should be the thing that should propel you.
”You cannot give up because giving up is not an option.
In the political, economic and social inclusion space, you cannot give up.
Giving up is giving out and that is not the spirit and energy of the youth.
”The future is here, you are the future.
Take hold of it because you need to be in the room to take over.
It is important for the youths to participate in the democratic process,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu also urged the youths to make good use of social media, use it as a weapon for their own liberation, to be better persons in the future.
He said that his administration had involved the youths through the THEMES developmental agenda for Greater Lagos, urging them to take advantage of the many opportunities created by his government.
According to him, his administration will continue to use technology to deliver good governance.
Speaking earlier, the celebrant said that the participation of youths in the 2023 general elections would be a deciding factor in the outcome , hence, the theme of the lecture.
Akinnola said that Sanwo-Olu’s humility, willingness and readiness to engage the youths, in spite all odds, necessitated his choice as the ‘Guest Lecturer’ of the programme.
He commended the governor’s simplicity and for engaging the youths with calmness and levelheadedness during the October 2020 #EndSARS protest in Lagos state.
”Two years ago at the early stage of the EndSARS protest, I watched him (Sanwo-Olu) as he braved all odds to address the protesting youths with such calmness and levelheadedness even while some of the protesters were heckling him with insulting pejoratives.
”With such conduct, he won the hearts of many people,” Akinnola said.