The Youth Alive Foundation (YAF) has launched a mobile game known as “Your Excellency”, the first in Nigeria, an adventure civic mobile game app as well as a learning tool for young people on governance.
Speaking at the launch of the mobile game, the Lagos state commissioner for Youth and Social development, Mr Agboola Dabiri lauded the innovation and urged the youth to make good use of it.
Responding, the Executive Director of YAF, Mrs Uduak Okon, said the game launch became imperative following the signing into law the “Not-too-young-to-run-bill ” by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She added “Young people do not really know the rudiments of good governance, this game will equip them with the civic capacity to engage governance effectively and building their leadership skills."
“With the new Act, we want to know if the youths are ready to run and that is why we are doing our own beat to educate, empower and inform the youth."
“We want to encourage the youth to do something in governance and implement positive changes in their society,” she said.
She said the game app will help youths to understand their civic rights as citizens and seek to build their civic capacities to engage in governance.
Okon disclosed that the game was produced by YAF with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Innovation Spread the Word Fund (ISWF).
Also speaking at the event, a representative of USAID, Mr Charles Abani, said Nigeria could only develop through transparency, accountability and good governance.
“For things to change, young people need to be more involved and interested in politics."
“We supported YAF because a youth has come up with a brilliant idea of this “Your Excellency ” of digital gaming as a means of getting young people involved and engaging effectively in governance,” he said.
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