Yiaga Africa and the European Union hold Mega Concert to Encourage Youth Voter Participation
As part of efforts to increase youth political participation in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, Yiaga Africa, the European Union and its partners held a Mega Concert tagged the Youth Vote Count Mega Concert in Lagos on June 11th.
In her goodwill address, the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and the ECOWAS, Ambassador Samuela Isopi, noted that the massive turn out of youths to get registered is a sign of hope for a better future for Nigeria.
She said the EU was committed to supporting Nigeria, reversing the trend of low voter turnout in elections , and encouraged the youths to make sure their votes count and build a better Nigeria.
The Ambassador acknowledged the tremendous progress made by INEC in the last few years with technological innovations and reforms to make elections more transparent and more credible. She also expressed confidence that all the hard work put in by the Commission to reform the electoral process in Nigeria would ensure the votes of every Nigerian count.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu encouraged the youths to shun violence in the coming elections, as the Commission ensures that their votes will count.
“In the last week, we have registered over 5000 people. When I saw the crowd that trooped here to register, we had to change our strategy. We decided that instead of everyone coming here (TBS) to register, we would register prospective voters in 20 centres spread across 20 local government areas in Lagos. Also, more machines will be deployed all over Lagos from next week,” said Yakubu.
Taking to the stage, rapper Folarin Falana, aka Falz, urged the youth to get their PVCs, stating that without it, we cannot claim to achieve the change we clamor for. “They are killing us every day. You can see what happened in Ondo, Kaduna and Sokoto States. Please, it is important to get your PVC,” concluded the rapper.
The Mega Concert was headlined by Kizz Daniel, and there were performances by artistes including Teni, Waje, Patoranking, Joeboy, Asake, Mayorkun and many others.
The show was the grand finale of a week-long voter registration drive, which saw over 11,000 youths registered at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos Island.
The Youth Vote Count Mega Concert in Lagos is the first of its kind.
The second Mega Concert will be held at the Eagle Square in Abuja, on Saturday, June 25th, 2022.