By Ikwen Atuaka
Youths in Obanliku local government area of northern Cross River State decided to mark the International Youth Day (IYD) on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
The activities to celebrate the day came a week after the actual IYD set by the United Nations (UN); August 12 every year.
The UN in its 54th session of the General Assembly in 1999 endorsed the recommendation by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth held between 8 – 12 August 1998 in Lisbon, Portugal that August 12 every year be celebrated as the IYD.
This formed resolution 54/120 with the theme for the 2017 IYD being “Youth Building Peace.”
The Obanliku chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria embraced this and in a rally which kicked off at about 8:00AM in Sankwala, the local government headquarters spent half the day preaching against social vices.
The President, Mr. Akah Pius while addressing them said that there was everything wrong with cultism, drug abuse, prostitution, gangsterism, thuggery, child abuse and molestation, armed robbery and other social vices.
He said as future leaders, the only way the future can be sustained was if youths channeled their energies to positive and productive ventures.
Also, Mr. Akah called in stakeholders to engage youths in useful ventures to keep them occupied as idleness was a major factor that pushed youths into social vices in the local government.
Below are more images from the event.
With additional reports from Okono Moses.
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