C-River Disburses N5.1m to Youth Council
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C-River Disburses N5.1m to Youth Council

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Cross River State Government has issued a cheque of N5.1 million as subvention to the state branch of National Youth Council, uniformed and faith-based organizations to assist them carry out their humanitarian services in the state.

Amongst the beneficiaries of the gesture were, National Youth Council which got the highest share of N1.1 million while 20 registered and recognized uniformed and faith-based organizations were issued with N200, 000 cheques each.

Speaking before giving out the cheques to the benefiting organizations, the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Patrick Ugbe said the subvention would help them to function better and also reach out to the grassroots in their humanitarian services.

“This gesture is in recognition of your selfless and humanitarian services to society. International uniformed and faith-based organizations are recognized the world over for their lofty ideals of loyalty, patriotism and selfless service to humanity for which they are established,” Ugbe stated.

The Commissioner said that the beneficiaries were expected to present their annual reports that contain their stewardship and evidence to the public of their contributions in uplifting lives of the people.

According to him, the reports would reflect their efforts and achievements towards the realization of the laid down objectives that include service as a tool for the mobilization and education of youths in the larger society and to provide peer education training aimed at passing on the desirable values of patriotism, service culture, honesty and hard work to other youths.

He also said that the reports should proved channels for the dissemination of information on government policies and programmes to the youths and the larger society among others.

Also speaking, the Director of Youths in the ministry, Christopher Momnah said that the befitting organizations had operated in the state for over five years and that as at 2011, 20 youths organizations were qualified to benefit from the subvention.

He said that the gesture was to appreciate the services they rendered to the state but also pointed out that the weak ones among them will not benefit in 2013 as some organizations that had worked hard but were not captured will be used to replace the non performing ones.

The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Egwu Ege said that part of the seven points agenda of the state government was wealth creation and empowerment of the youths and advised them to ensure that their services permeated all parts of the state.

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