NGO Launches Mobile App on Governance


Raheem Akingbolu

In a fresh move to galvanise Nigerian youths towards participating in process of governance, a non-governmental organisation, Youth Alive Foundation (YAF) has launched a mobile game, which seeks to help them understand their civic rights.

YAF produced the 3D civic mobile game app, the first of its kind in Nigeria and known as: “Your Excellency” with support from Innovation Spread the Word Fund (ISWF), an arm of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Your Excellency is an adventure civic mobile game app which is a learning tool for young people on governance.
It is expected to build capacities of young people to engage in governance.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Agboola Dabiri, lauded the innovation at the launch.
He urged the youth to make good use of the initiative.

“It is a wonderful concept. For the youth to come up with such a laudable project, they need to be appreciated and supported.

“The youth are resourceful; Lagos State does not underrate any youth because we know they are the future.”
Dabiri urged the youth to shun violence and vote wisely in 2019.

A representative of USAID, Charles Abani, said Nigeria would improve through good governance.
The YAF Executive Director, Mrs. Uduak Okon, said that the game launch was apt following the enactment of the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill.

“Young people do not really know the rudiments of good governance; this game equips them with the civic capacity to be able to engage in governance effectively and build leadership skills.

“We want to encourage the youth to do something about governance and effect positive changes in the society,’’ she said.

She urged them to make proper use of lessons from the game to contribute meaningfully to the society.