May 9, 2022
Still, in the spirit of conversing for a youthful and purposeful leadership come 2023 General Election, the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi State Chapter, has interfaced with Rivers State APC youth party leader and its NYCN leadership.
In a round table discussion held in River State over the weekend, the Chairman of Kogi NYCN, Amb. Usman Ogohi, appreciated the audience granted to his team while lauding the leadership of youth stakeholders in the state.
According to him, NYCN is a non-partisan group which is poised on the need of ensuring adequate and capable leadership across all sectors, especially as it relates to youth welfare and representation.
Ogohi noted that the emergence of Governor Yahaya Bello in Kogi State was a clear signal of what a capacity filled youth could do if allowed to handle the helm of affairs, stressing that through GYB, youth participation and inclusiveness in politics had taken a new turn in the state.
Amb. Ogohi further called on the unification of Nigeria youth in taking over power in 2023, stressing that ” if we don’t support and stand for what we believe in, no one will do that for us and we would be doing ourselves a great disservice”.
He stressed that one thing that sets Governor Bello apart from others is his strong belief in equity, fairness and justice.
This, he said has been reflected severally in the appointment of his aides and the spread of developmental projects, demonstrated in the provision of infrastructures and utilities in the state.
In his response, the APC Youth leader in River State, who is also an APC statutory delegate, Baridakara Gbarato, thanked the state chairman of Rivers for the arrangement for the interface.
Gbarato noted that beyond individual and party interests, youths must strive to build good relationships and leverage on building a networking platform that could improve members of that constituency.
The youth leader further tasked the youths on active political participation, adding that if politics is left in the hands of the elders, the youth constituency will continue to suffer misrepresentation and good governance.
While lauding the Kogi NYCN efforts shown towards GYB2PYB advocacy in the country, he stressed that at the right time, GYB profile will be accessed and the needful will be done accordingly.
Earlier, the host NYCN Chairman of Rivers State, Nwisabari Bani, commended the leadership traits of Kogi NYCN Chairman and for showing strong desire towards the GYB2PYB emancipation, come 2023.
He further urged and encouraged youths to wake up to the reality of being politically partisan, stressing that we cannot achieve our dream Nigeria or change the narrative of the country without playing our part in the political system.
In a similar event, the President National Youth Council of Nigeria, His Youthfulness Amb. Sukubo Saraigbe, in a chat with newsmen after the council’s annual National Executive Council meeting, disclosed that all youth council members are free to contest in any elective position of their choice.
According to him, there is a need for youth in the council to take advantage of the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ opportunity to encourage youth political participation.
He added that the Council would be given their full support to any of its members that want to contest irrespective of the party.
The NYCN boss also reaffirmed NEC recognition of Nassarawa NYCN Chairman as the state leader of the council and the Chairman of all Chairmen position he is currently occupying.