Intl Youth Day: NYCN urges youths to get involved in politics, governance



By Bridget Ikyado

The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Comrade Solomon Adodo has urged youth to get actively involved in politics and governance, in order to chart a better future for the country.

Adodo said at an award ceremony organised by the NYCN in Abuja that it was important for the youth to lead the change they desire in the country.

The award was to recognise the contribution of some Nigerians to youths development as part of activities to mark the International Youths Day, which has the theme, “Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a world for all Ages.”

The NYCN president added that the youths must focus on building partnerships for innovative leadership, economic growth and efficient security in Nigeria.

He observed that the youths were at the centre of the various crisis in Nigeria and across the world, as such should strive to lead in finding solutions to the security, political and economic crisis.

“It is therefore critical that greater attention is paid to youth development to help the youth uphold the social rhythms.

“Let me, therefore, quickly seize this opportunity to salute the gallant Nigerian youths who have continued to soldier into glory not withstanding the excruciating political and socio economic conditions,” Adodo said.

He challenged the youths not to bow to the current challenges, but work through it in partnership with Nigerians of all ages in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The NYCN president decried the systematic exclusion of young people in the critical sectors, saying it was unacceptable.

He, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for carrying the youths along in his administration, but said more needed to be done to get things right.

The Patron of NYCN and President of Platinum Vault Groups, Dr Ibrahim Dauda, said the United Nations International Youth Day was to re-evaluate and renew approaches on leadership, governance and developmental strategies that will guarantee a better society.

He said that youth occupy the largest demography of the global population and advised them to join political parties and be active players.

“Youths must seek leadership position and serve with dignity and honor.

“The system must create friendly policies and level playing ground for youths to compete with people of all ages.

“Going by the theme of the International Youth Day 2022, it is pertinent to note that no demography can survive on its own other than inter-dependence on each age bracket to build a sustainable growth and maintain a progressive index.

“The place of knowledge and experience is not negotiable, the Nigerian youths must subject themselves to learning and mentorship,’’ Dauda added.

A member of the House of Representatives, Saidu Abdullahi, said that the revolution in technology had availed youths the opportunity to advance interaction and learning.

“This must be embraced to better the society other than using it in promoting crime and criminality.

“While appreciating the energies that come with youthfulness, youths must embrace leadership and must demonstrate to be worthy leaders,’’ he said.

Abdullahi who represents Bida/Katcha/Gbako federal constituency, said government should continue to create sustainable platform to encourage infusion of the knowledge and experiences of senior citizens to help youths build carriers and exposure.

He said that this would help in bridging the gap created by age and front a renewed partnership to advance the course of humanity.

The lawmaker also urged youth in the country to ensure their votes count and good leaders were chosen in 2023.

In his speech, King Hope Dan-Opunsingi, the Amayanabi of Opu Kula/Singi Ama in Rivers pledged his support to the youths at all times.

He assured them of his royal blessings, spiritual advice, financial and moral support to ensure they succeed in all endeavors.

The King urged them to shun social vices, but set goals aimed at developing themselves and moving the nation forward.

In his remarks, National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Dayo Israel, urged youth to get involved in grassroot activities to fast track national development.

“Our level of involvement in governance should go beyond social media activities and organizing protests.

“To get involved or be carried along for leadership, you need to be patriotic, smart, determined and show your self worth,” he added.

Those honoured were Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare and Dr Ramtu Aliyu of the FCT.

Others include Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Sen. Rochas Okorocha, Executive Director NEPC, Dr Ezra Yakusak and Director-General, Raw Materials and Research Development Council, Prof Ibrahim Hussaini.

The rest were the Registrar of NECO, Prof Ibrahim Dantani, Inspector General of Police Usman Baba, National Chairman of YPP Bishop Amakiri, Executive Secretary, National Lottery Trust Fund, Dr Maigari Bello and Amb. Dickson Akor, Commandant General, Nigeria Peace Corps.