WELCOME ADDRESS DELIVERED BY NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF NOT TOO YOUNG TO RULE HON OGUNDAIRO SAMUEL DURING THE 2022 NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE ON MERITORIOUS SERVICES TO HUMANITY AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZED BY NATIONAL LEADERSHIP OF NOT TOO YOUNG TO RULE ON SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER, 2022 AT ROYAL BIRDS HOTEL, ALAGBAKA, AKURE ONDO STATE

WELCOME ADDRESS DELIVERED BY NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF NOT TOO YOUNG TO RULE HON OGUNDAIRO SAMUEL DURING THE 2022 NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE ON MERITORIOUS SERVICES TO HUMANITY AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZED BY NATIONAL LEADERSHIP OF NOT TOO YOUNG TO RULE ON SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER, 2022 AT ROYAL BIRDS HOTEL, ALAGBAKA, AKURE ONDO STATE

The Chairman of the occasion,
The Special Guest of Honour,
The Best First Lady of the Year,
The Royal Fathers of the Day,
The Spiritual Man here present,
The Guest Speaker,
The Invited Guests of Honour / Awardees,
My Executive Members ,
The gentlemen of the press,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is with utmost humility and respect to have you honour our invitations with your presence as I welcome every dignitary and high profile personality who have taken out time out of their busy schedules to grace this occasion of Not Too Young To Rule Award Presentation Ceremony for the year 2022.

My profound gratitude goes to the Executive Members of our organization who have worked assiduously to ensure the success of the program today in one way or the other.

On behalf of our organization, I extend our profound appreciation to Her Excellency, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the First Lady of Ondo State, the brainchild behind BRECAN and BEMORE, a major advocate of Girl-Child Education and Female Empowerment and Participation in Politics in Nigeria and most especially our very own National Matron. We are forever at your service for being our guiding light in times of darkness.

Special credit goes to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, (GCFR) President, Federal Republic of Nigeria for implementing the Not Too Young To Run bill which gave room for the participation and emergence of several youth leaders in Nigerian politics today.

Most importantly, we applaud the administration of His Excellency, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN,CON) of ONDO STATE for his superlative performance as regards good governance and adequate provision of the dividends of democracy. This becomes more pertinent when we consider the high premium he has placed on the youth by giving us the necessary opportunities to serve in various political and high profile positions. The relative peace and tranquility being enjoyed in the state of Ondo is possible courtesy of your love for unity and peaceful disposition and effective conflict resolution strategies.

Not Too Young To Rule came into existence due to the continued quest and yearning by Nigerian Youths for the equitable participation and representation in Governance not only as part of the electorate and praise-singers but also as office holders in elective positions across the political strata within the society. This is in tandem with the growing awareness of the youths being capable of taking over leadership positions in our contemporary world.

Standard democratic political processes which have become a global phenomenon have now come to stay and Nigeria cannot be left behind. With the implemention and passage of the Not Too Young To Run bill at the National Assembly and required amendment of the Electoral Act, the Nigerian Youths who form a greater percentage of Nigeria’s demographic voting population now have a chance to contest for elective positions like that of State Houses of Assembly, Federal House of Representatives, Senate, Governorship and Presidential elections without age being an impediment.

Ultimately, the goal of the organization is to build consensus and mobilize youths across different political, religious and tribal platforms through our strong membership network to usher in a vibrant paradigm shift in governance, dividends of democracy and superlative representation from the grassroots upwards. Our major objectives includes provision of excellent empowerment and skills acquisition initiatives, facilitation of entrepreneurship programs and digital training modules designed to make the average youth ICT compliant which will in turn help them become self-reliant. This will reduce juvenile delinquency and curb crimes committed by the youths within our society.

We hereby reiterate our collective resolve to give block votes to Candidates who have the interest of the Youths at heart to bring about youth inclusivity in the political scheme of things in Nigeria. The upcoming 2023 general elections will not be business as usual but will be on issue-based as propaganda alone cannot guarantee anyone victory this time around.

Yet, it is worthy of note that our Awardees were nominated through the use of transparent background checks of their previous track records, antecedents and a painstaking investigation of their contributions and sacrifices for the development of the society which are reflective of our vision and ideology. They are great visionary leaders, contemporary champions and outstanding Amazons who have written their names in gold and history will not forget them in a hurry. Leading this pack of Extraordinary People is: Her Excellency, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu who is being honoured today with the Best Outstanding and Distinguished First Lady In Nigeria award. She is a role model, a mother with milk of human kindness flowing through her veins and a selfless leader. She is truly a First Lady with a difference and an excellent reference point for humanitarian services through her numerous NGOs, private scholarship programs and grassroots empowerment initiatives. The magnitude of her love for the betterment of the society is unfathomable. We are very proud to be associated with you, ma.

Others are:
✓ Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim APC aspirant, Ondo South Senatorial District, an erudite and highly strategic political juggernaut guaranteed to provide quality representation with so many numerous developmental projects to his name. We also have,
✓Hon. Smart Madu Ajaja, USA-based human rights activist and Convener Open Nigeria.,
✓Chief (Dr) Olusoji EHINLANWO, UK
Information Technology and Management Consultant,
✓Hon Pastor Jide Ipinsagba -Ondo North APC Senatorial Candidate with great leadership skills, a remarkable entrepreneur and philanthropist.
✓Prince AYEKU KUNLE (USA) humanitarian with sterling contributions. ✓Mrs. Ewuola Olabisi Adekanmi – the MD/CEO of El Mubisco Heritage LTD.
✓Dr. Akeredolu O.N.
✓Hon. Donald Ojogo – Eseodo/Ilaje APC HOR Candidate
✓ Mr Wale Akinterinwa – Hon. Commissioner for Finance.
✓Hon. Alhaji Idris Alooma
✓Hon. Mrs Lola Akinseloyin – Hon. Commissioner, Ondo State Judiciary Service Commission
✓Hon. Dr. Tola Awosika – PDP Member PCC and finally,
✓Hon. Dayo Israel – APC National Youth Leader and many others too numerous to mention who have sacrificed their all to impact positively during the course of rendering laudable services to humanity and God Almighty. These are exemplary leaders and are like the golden fish that has no hiding place.

It is true that just as a tree cannot make a forest, we cannot achieve our above-mentioned goals alone. Hence, we need to collaborate and synergize more with every youth stakeholder to partake in this struggle and contribute his or her own quota towards helping us achieve a sustainable progress by way of changing the political narrative in the Nigerian leadership landscape as 2023 draws near. We welcome every progressive mind who would like to join us and champion this important course of action. The future of Nigeria and indeed Africa rests in our hands and posterity will judge us if we fail our fellow Nigerian Youths and future generations.

God bless Not Too Young To Rule!

God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria!!

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