Nigeria: Ignorance, Poverty Responsible For Youths Role During Polls – Stakeholders

By OSA OKHOMINA

Over five hundred youths from various parts of Bayelsa State weekend met in Yenagoa, the state capital to deliberate on the involvement of youths in the nation’s democracy and development, declaring that ignorance and poverty are responsible for the dastardly role of thuggery and violence being allocated to youths during elections.

The Youths, made up of University undergraduates,Youth groups and local Government coordinators, made this known in Yenagoa during the first Orange Movement Youth Convocation with the new “Building Bayless Together through participatory Democracy:The Youth Perspective” organised by the Coalition for Development and Democracy (CDDB).

The Youths and other stakeholders in the communique issued at the end of the event and signed by the Executive Director, Dr. Ekiyo Wilson, observed that the twin challenge of youths in the state are ignorance and poverty,, “It helps education system in the state lacks enough deliverable and the youths are not playing their proper role in the society. “

Earlier, A philanthropist, Arch. Reuben Okoya urged the youths in the state to engage in one productive business or the other before going into politics, so that it would give them dignity and sense of belonging.

Okoya said it was a great thing when people recognise the hard work of individuals and groups, because the Nigerian youths were one of the hardest working people all over the world.

Okoya urged them to always criticise the government in a constructive way in order to get the desired results

While giving his remarks, the Royal Father of the Day, King Joshua Igbagara, the Ibenanaowei of Oyiakiri Kingdom, urged the youths to make the best of themselves, noting that without education, a man goes nowhere in his entire lifetime.

Igbagara, implore youths to shun acts of violence, during and after any elections, stressing that Bayelsa would soon go into Governorship poll, they should not be deceived by politicians with a promise of giving them money or buying guns and other dangerous weapons for them.

The programme which was organized by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Coalition for Development and Democracy in Bayelsa (CDDB), Executive Director, Dr Ekiyor Welson, had cream of youths and elders.

Dr. Welson said, ”we are here today because we love Bayelsa State and we are ready to join in building the state for the good of all.

”For Nigeria to hear ljaw people very well, young men gathered in Kaiama in the historic Kaiama, declaration and after that Nigeria was never the same

”If Bayelsa must develop the way we all dream it in our hearts and in our eyes, this gather becomes necessary. Necessary in the sense that we ask one succinct question and it is that

”Can The Youths of Bayelsa State play a very strategic role in the development of the state, the answer to this question is the reason for this gathering.

”The Theme “Building Bayelsa together through participatory Democracy: The Youth perspective wass carefully chosen to stimulate an urgency in our collective intelligence that there is a bundle.

”The twin problem of poverty and ignorance must be tackled headlong and frontally with this energy as we begin to marshal our youth forces in the clear direction of knowledge and wealth.

”If we, in this hall, get it right: that with a very clear intellectual declaration akin to the American declaration our state will enter a higher and deepest level of Development and Democracy. We must therefore get it right.

”Today, the twin problem of poverty and ignorance must be tackled, as we collectively resolve to work together as Youths’, students, women, clergy, intellectuals and polticians to move Bayelsa forward as we march forward in search of wealth.”

A philanthropist, Arch. Reuben Okoya, made the call at First Orange movement youth convocation’ with a theme, “Building Bayelsa together through Participatory democracy: The Youth Perspective,” at Tamara Hotel, Yenagoa.

Okoya said it was a great thing when people recognise the hard work of individuals and groups, because the Nigerian youths were one of the hardest working people all over the world.

Okoya urged them to always criticise the government in a constructive way in order to get the desired results

While giving his remarks, the Royal Father of the Day, King Joshua Igbagara, the Ibenanaowei of Oyiakiri Kingdom, urged the youths to make the best of themselves, noting that without education, a man goes nowhere in his entire lifetime.

Igbagara, implore youths to shun acts of violence, during and after any elections, stressing that Bayelsa would soon go into Governorship poll, they should not be deceived by politicians with a promise of giving them money or buying guns and other dangerous weapons for them.

The programme which was organized by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Coalition for Development and Democracy in Bayelsa (CDDB), Executive Director, Dr Ekiyor Welson, had cream of youths and elders.

Dr. Welson said, ”we are here today because we love Bayelsa State and we are ready to join in building the state for the good of all.
”For Nigeria to hear ljaw people very well, young men gathered in Kaiama in the historic Kaiama, declaration and after that Nigeria was never the same.”

”If Bayelsa must develop the way we all dream it in our hearts and in our eyes, this gather becomes necessary. Necessary in the sense that we ask one succinct question and it is that can The Youths of Bayelbsa State play a very strategic role in the development of the state, the answer to this question is the reason for this gathering..

”The Theme “Building Bayelsa together through participatory Democracy: The Youth perspective was carefully chosen to stimulate an urgency in our collective intelligence that there is a bundle.

”The twin problem of poverty and ignorance must be tackled headlong and frontally with this energy as we begin to marshal our youth forces in the clear direction of knowledge and wealth.

”If we, in this hall, get it right: that with a very clear intellectual declaration akin to the American declaration our state will enter a higher and deepest level of Development and Democracy. We must therefore get it right.

”Today, the twin problem of poverty and ignorance must be tackled, as we collectively resolve to work together as Youths’, students, women, clergy, intellectuals and politicians to move Bayelsa forward as we march forward in search of wealth.”

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