By Remmy Fagbemi
A media expert, Qasim Adereti, has charged Nigerian youths to get acquainted with their rights and keep abreast of political trend as 2015 elections draws nearer.
Akinreti gave this charge on the occasion of the Lagos State International Youths Day, in Lagos.
He pointed that the youths constitute 70 per cent of the population, meaning that they constitute very significant portion and a force to be reckon with in th society.
In a lecture titled “Pre, during and post election’’, Akinreti urged the youths to familiarise themselves with election process and the institutions involved in electioneering.
He identified the process to include registration as electorates, getting the PVC, knowing the institutions like INEC, National Population Commission.
After the elections, the expert charged the youths to learn to engage and interface with government/political office holders either and hold them accountable for the promises they made during campaigns.
The media experts also advised the youths to approach donor agencies for assistance to access funding for advocacies on to educate the youth about their rights.
Also speaking, Elder Yinka Salami flayed the prevailing phenomenon of poor reading culture among the youths.
He said that the youths should take advantage of social media to get requisite exposure rather than, restricting themselves only to calls, pinging and chatting.
He also advised them to imbibe the culture of reading so as to be able to provide necessary leadership for their pair.
The Human Resource Manager of Vanguard Media Limited, Mr Victor Gotevbe, encouraged the young Nigerians to build their own capacities to enable them get appropriate direction in life.
“If you do not build capacity, you will not know your direction,’’ he said.
He called on the youths to appreciate values and hard work rather than vices and shortcut.