CAC No. 160967


By ‘Deola Adeyemi

On Saturday, 22nd June, 2024, youths across Yewaland will engage their legislators in a dialogue tagged “365-Day Stewardship and Youth Dialogue: A Conversation with Yewa 10th National and State Legislators” organized by the Yewa Youth Association (YYA). With promises to create a platform for direct engagement and meaningful conversation, the event will mark a significant milestone in the relationship between the youth of Yewaland and their state and national legislators.

The Youth-Legislators Dialogue, endorsed by the Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, HRM Oba (Dr.) Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle, lending significant weight to the dialogue, underscoring its importance and potential impact, aims to bridge the gap between the youth and their legislators, ensuring that the voices of the young people in Yewaland are heard and considered in the legislative process.

Legislators expected to grace the programme are Sen. Solomon Olamilekan Adeola YAYI, Senator Representing Ogun West Senatorial District; Hon. Abiodun Isiaq Akinlade, MHR, Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency; and Hon. Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, MHR, Yewa North/Imeko-Afon Federal Constituency; Hon. Bolanle Lateefat Ajayi, Deputy Speaker and Member Representing Yewa South State Constituency; Hon. Adegoke Adeyanju Awoso, Yewa North 1 State Constituency; Hon. Wahab Haruna, Yewa North II State Constituency; Hon. Bisi Oyedele, Idiroko/Ipokia State Constituency; and Hon. Jemil Akingbade, Imeko-Afon State Constituency.

The Youth-Dialogue also features an Essay Competition for secondary school students within Yewaland. With over half a million prizes up for grabs, the competition, titled “Yewaland of My Dream”, has received so much commendation. The award ceremony is one of the activities lined up for Saturday.

The programme to be chaired by the Chairman of Yewa People Development Council (YPDC), Professor Rahmon Bello, will also have in attendance notable Yewa sons and daughters from across the globe.

With one day to go amidst high anticipation, the potential impacts of the Youth-Legislators Dialogue is a discourse that should define the moment. Enhanced civic engagement, policy responsiveness, empowerment, and leadership development among many others are potential gains of the event.

Special commendation is due to the Yewa Youth Association for their proactive and innovative approach to engaging their legislators. This marks a significant shift from the traditional focus on the executive arm of government, highlighting the association’s forward-thinking vision and commitment to comprehensive civic engagement. By prioritizing dialogue with their legislators, the Yewa Youth Association is fostering a deeper understanding of the legislative process and emphasizing the importance of a balanced, multi-faceted approach to governance. This initiative not only empowers the youth but also encourages a more holistic and effective interaction with all branches of government, setting a commendable example for other regional youth bodies across the nation.