Anambra 2021: NYCN seeks greater youths inclusion in govt
By Jonathan Asikason
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has declared that youths must be duly represented in the next government that will steer the ship of Anambra state at the expiration of Obiano’s occupancy of Agu Awka on March 17th, 2022.
The group made this declaration during its seminar on ‘Adverse Effects of Cultism, Drug Abuse and other Social Vices on Youths’ organised by Njikoka chapter over the weekend at Njikoka local government area of Anambra state.
“We demand 50-50 inclusion in cabinet formation at all levels of Nigerian governments. We are going to start with the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra state. We shall either support youth as a candidate or a youth-friendly candidate,” the group said through the national deputy leader, Comr. Innocent Nduanya.
He added, “The time has gone when people over 40 years will be in charge of ministries and parastatals charged with youth affairs. It’s time to take back our country.”
Earlier, Prof Walter Nwafia of the Department of Medicine, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), who was the guest lecturer for the seminar, expatiated on the reasons behind the growth of cultism and drug abuse in the society. Hammering on their adverse effects to both the individual and the society, he advised the youths to desist from such indulgence.
Speaking at the event also, Hon. Dr. Timothy Ifedioramma, member representing Njikoka I constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, observed that the seminar shouldn’t have come at a better time. He educated the youths on the medical importance of such drugs as heroin and Marijuana and noted that they become destructive when abused and used adversely.
“This event is timely and should not have come at a better time than this post-EndSARS period. God created these herbs to better the life of man on earth. A recent report states that Marijuana helps for sight and today, it’s used to produce drugs for that and so is Heroine, which is used to produce anesthesia for the operation.”
Admonishing the youths, the legislator observed: “We are once youths. We understand your plight and the level of deprivation in the land. But that shouldn’t push us to resort to cultism and drug abuse. Let’s always make do with little we have and God will surely crown our efforts.”
The highlight of the occasion was the ceremony of awards mapped out by the Host, Hon. Obinna Okechkwu, to appreciate the select-few that the organisation considered to have done much in the area of youth empowerment and skills acquisition.
Dignitaries that graced the event include Hon. Dr. Timothy Ifedioramma, Hon. George Ozo, CSP Emeka Onuoha, Chief Ayika Okechukwu, Lady Hon. Chidi Ibemeka, Hon. Engr. Henry, Hon. Chinedu Nwoye, Hon. Emeka Ikemefuna, Chief Ayika Okechukwu, Hon. Barr. Ononiba, and Lady Lorreta Onuorah DSS Director Njikoka.
Others include the transition council members of Njikoka local government viz Hon. Felix Ezeami, Hon. Jekwu Ayika, Hon. Paul Okoye, Hon. Peter Nzeakor, town, and political party youth leaders.