Obtain Your PVC And Vote, NACOMYO Charges Muslims
The National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation (NACOMYO) has charged Muslims of voting age to ensure they obtain their permanent voters card (PVC) and ensure they exercise their civic responsibility of voting for candidates of their choice.
The call was contained in an address delivered by the Lagos State Coordinator of the Council, Alhaji Isiaka Salami, at a press conference to commemorate Democracy Day held at the Council’s office inside the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Lagos State Secretariat Community Central Mosque, Alausa-Ikeja, Lagos State.
‘’We humbly remind Muslims in the State that as stakeholders in political happenings in the State, it is the civic duty of Muslims of 18 years and above to obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) in order to be eligible to vote at the elections’’, the Council said.
The umbrella organisation of Muslim youths also reiterated the need for a Muslim governor in Lagos State in 2027, noting the fact that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led the clamour for a Christian governor in 2012, leading to emergence of Governors Akinwunmi Ambode and Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The body also called for increased allocation to education in the Lagos State budget, saying the present trend where only between 12 and 11 percent of the budget is allocated to education falls short of the United Nations benchmark of 25 percent.
NACOMYO, while commending the Lagos State for banning operation of commercial motorcycles in six local government areas and their development areas in the state, implored the state government not to allow politicisation of the policy.
‘’The implementation of the ban should not be politicised and not to create the impression in the discerning minds that probably the Government has invariably created an elitist class of local governments with the 6 among the local governments in the State’’, the body said while calling for rehabilitation of roads so that motorists can reach all parts of the state.
Addressing the social fallout of the ban, NACOMYO implored the government to evolve empowerment programmes for the displaced riders.
Stating its commitment to partner with the state government, NACOMYO called for inclusion of its members in bodies such as the Pilgrims Welfare Board and other state board to give Muslim youths sense of belonging.