Lagos state government has extended the sensitization on registration and collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to the state-owned universities.
At the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, and Lagos State University of Education (LASUED), Ijanikin, the Special Adviser (Education) to the Lagos State Governor, Tokunbo Wahab, stressed the need for more student participation in the electoral process and nation-building
Wahab, who enjoined the students to join hands with the government in building a new Nigeria, stressed that registration and collection of PVC is a guaranteed license for participating in the electoral process.
According to him, since youths and students represent about 53.5 percent of the total population of the country, ‘there is the need to carry them along and give them adequate orientation and enlightenment on leadership, and the need to participate in the electoral process towards choosing a God-fearing leader who is committed to infrastructure development and good governance.
Wahab, who commended both institutions for maintaining peace, said the government will not relent in implementing policies that would prioritise the welfare of staff and students in all its institutions.
The special adviser particularly admonished the students to take advantage of the registration centres brought to their campuses to register and collect their PVCs as ‘it is the major weapon with which they can fight hunger and poverty, as well as sustain good governance.
Acting Vice Chancellor of LASUED Prof. Bidemi Lafiaji-Okuneye described the initiative as a welcome development because it would give students the opportunity to perform their civic responsibilities.
The sensitisation programme, which was in conjunction with the Students Union Governments (SUG) of both institutions, witnessed a large turnout of students.