Keen about purposive and holistic Youth Development across the State, the Commissioner for Youth Development and Skills Acquisition, Hon. Signor Omang Idiege has urged the National Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Cross River State Chapter to be properly co-ordinated to ensure that youth in the hinterlands are well represented to adequately benefit from the Skills Acquisition initiative of the Prof. Ben Ayade-led administration.
Commissioner Idiege who stated this when members of the newly constituted executives paid him a courtesy call in his office reiterated that Governor Ayade’s unequivocal passion for youth in the State necessitated the establishment of the Construction and Fabrication Academy of West Africa. Adding that the Academy will train a minimum of Five Thousand youth yearly, across the State in over one hundred skills, that will equip them to be self-reliant and contribute positively to the development of the State and nation at large. He posited that without a formidable NYCN in the State, this feat may not be evenly achieved.
He also admonished the State NYCN leadership to reach out to and protect the interest of those in the rural areas as the Council represents the voice of every youth in the State. Hon. Idiege further implored them to ensure that they continue to pursue peace with the aggrieved parties in the last elections and run an inclusive government, stating that the ministry will do all that is required to ensure that there is lasting peace in the State council.
While entreating them to abhor cultism from the grassroots and instill peace in communities across the State, Commissioner Idiege informed that the 2020 edition of the International Youth Day, celebrated annually on the 12th of August will be a memorable one as there are plans to ensure that His Excellency, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade and other prominent leaders in the State are in attendance.
Earlier, the Chairman, NYCN Cross River State, Comrade Dan Obo stated that the visit was to formally present the newly constituted leadership of the Council to the ministry as the State Council cannot work on its own without the support of the ministry. He informed that the present leadership will be inclusive and responsive, devoid of partiality to create the needed impact and give opportunity to every youth in the State.
Comrade Obo stated that as the Chairman of the State NYCN he and his Executives are set to make a difference and effect a positive change, informing that so far the newly constituted leadership has visited some of the aggrieved members of the Council to ensure that considerate peace is achieved for the effective working of the council and the youth in general, intoning that without Peace, development is impossible.
Also speaking, the immediate past Chairman of the State NYCN, Comrade Ndiyo Ndiyo implored the new leadership of the State NYCN to carve a niche for themselves as young leaders with vision. He also appealed to them that the council should not be anti-government but to support the present government in totality.
Also present at the meeting were: the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Maryjane Ebri; the Director of Administration, Chief (Barr.) Egbala Edom; and other Directors in the ministry.
By Esther Okoi, CRS-MOI Officer reporting from Ministry of Youth Development and Skills Acquisition