By Maxwell Effiong
The National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Cross River State Chapter has urged youths to shun societal vices inimical to positive growth and development.
The call was made during a public lecture commemorating the 2021 democracy day, #June12 in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State.
In his welcome address, the Chapter Chairman, Daniel Obo maintained that, only the youths can decide the way forward of any society.
He maintained that power and equilibrium or stability of any meaningful society revolves around the youths and it’s level of participation in politics.
“The youths need to inherit the working system … We need to sustain what we have been able to build,” he said as he announced that, he has collected ₦5 Million subvention from the State Government, “being the first since the present administration of Governor Ben Ayade assumed office in 2015.”
The NYCN Cross River State Chapter Chairman, while distancing the Council from partisant politics assured that, his administration is poised to using the money for the renovation of the Youth Council’s multi-purpose hall and other developmental projects.
The Guest Speaker of the day, John Inaku warned in an over 30 minutes’ lecture that “the youths should not form unity around a person or group of persons but their unity should be around a purpose or course in their quest for political space.
He said: “Power is not given, power is taken. And if we must take power, we must do that on full ground because when there is a purpose, even God fights for the man with a purpose. We need to dirty our hands not in terms of evil, but to brainstorm because like I said, the power of a man is his capacity.
“The first thing that is required of us to do is imagining what to do, imagination is the business of the heart. Every civilization that you see manifest was first an architecture of the heart, what the heart does not conceive the hands are incapacitated to achieve.”
Furthermore, he said: “Vision is in acquisition of position; vision is defining a problem to solve. Then a platform to solve that problem becomes the position. What is the problem of Cross River State? Why are we where we are? These are the questions that should be in our heart. Vision is not the dream you have in the night. Vision comes from the future, it informs and energize the person and pulls ideas, people and resources together.
“Vision is important in order for you to get involved in the future, but when there is no vision the immediate gain seems to be the pursued of everyone.”
On his part, the Speaker of the Cross River State Youths Parliament, Honorable Gideon Mbukpa advocated unity for a common front.
“If we can come together and decide that we want to follow a particular direction, we would have the highest stake in the scheme of things. We are not affiliated to any party. We have a neutral platform to decide for the betterment of our people and our generations,” he echoed.
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