By Monday Ogar
Cross River State youths have been encouraged to shun thuggery, ballot snatching and other forms of electoral malpractices as we head to the 2015 general elections.
This advice was given by Mrs. Patricia Endeley, the Cross River State Commissioner for Social Welfare and Community Development at the state inauguration, lecture and award night of the Nigeria Youth Assembly in Calabar.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Director of Community Development at the Ministry, Adah Inyang, congratulated the youth “for organizing this lecture, especially as 2015 is at the corner, and the youths are expected to actively participate in the electioneering process.”
Earlier while delivering his lecture, the guest lecturer, Bethel Ewung, lecturing on the topic “The Role of the Youths in Fighting Corruption in Nigeria” challenged the youths to shun all forms of social vices, especially corruption as it breeds other negative vices.
Bethel encouraged the youths to participate actively in governance and the electioneering process, develop themselves, and ‘think outside the box’ in their quest to end corruption.
Later while delivering his speech, the Nigeria Youth Assembly Cross River State Chapter Chairman, Ogrinya Ben Abi said the lecture topic was timely “due to the current precarious security/corruption situation in Nigeria. I believe this discourse will offer us the opportunity to know and play our role as stakeholders in nation building.
“We have to start emancipating ourselves of the stereotypes of violence, political thuggery, ballot box snatching, multiple voting, prostitution, robbery, cutting corners and unwholesome/desperate means to make quick cash at the peril of our future.” The Chairman said.
The event included the inauguration of the new State Executive charged with the responsibility of piloting the affairs of the group in Cross River state.
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