“Even though I won’t be old enough to vote in the Referendum, this vote is about my future and I want to do all I can to make sure there is a Yes vote,” said Osama Nadeem, who is only 15 years old and Yes Paisley’s youngest campaigner.
A pupil at Castlehead High School in Paisley and a member of Renfrewshire Youth Voice, Osama joined up with the Yes Paisley campaign at one of their regular street stalls in Paisley town centre last year. Since that time Osama has been a regular volunteer helping to deliver thousands of Yes materials, helping canvassing across hundreds of homes in Paisley and helping out at both Yes stalls and the Yes Paisley shop.
The Yes Paisley campaign consists of a wide range of local buddies, ranging in age from Osama to more senior campaigners who all have different backgrounds but all believe that it is better if everyone in Scotland makes the decisions affecting the future of our country.
Osama Nadeem added:
“I went along to the Yes Paisley stall one Saturday and offered to help. Since then I’ve been very active putting out the positive message for voting Yes in the referendum.
“Although I only just miss out on being able to vote I still think it is important to get involved in the campaign as this is about my future as well.
“I believe there are many reasons why Scotland would be better as an independent country and one of them is access to higher education. I am hoping to go to university, but if there is a No vote then there is a good chance that tuition fees will be introduced in Scotland. In the rest of the UK all the political parties have supported tuition fees, where they now cost as much as £9,000 per year. That isn’t fair for people who have the ability to go to university but their families may not have the money to afford their fees.
Margaret Dymond, one of the organisers of Yes Paisley, said:
“We were delighted to welcome Osama into the Yes Paisley campaign team. He has put in a lot of time and effort and is doing his best to make sure we create a better Scotland for his future.
“Yes Paisley has been fortunate to have so many young volunteers helping deliver the positive message for voting Yes. I have a few good reasons of my own for voting Yes but one of them is to ensure a better future for our young people like Osama, so I’ll be saying Yes for Osama.”