The Youth Empowerment Solution (YES) has described the menace of godfatherism in politics as a bane of Nigeria’s development, calling on youths in the nation to end the threat in the nation’s political space.
Speaking as part of activities to mark the World Youth Day, the executive director, YES, Oche Precious said a change of these narratives in Nigeria will galvanise youthful professionals and technocrat to get involved in the political process rather than stand aloof.
Oche said there is no gain saying that given the significance and importance of youths in societal development, setting a day aside to celebrate them is a step in the right direction and indeed well deserved.
He described the theme for the 2018 International Youth Day tagged: “Safe Spaces for Youth” as apt. Oche decried that a lot of youth don’t vote and called on the youths in the country to get their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC).
‘’Youths are the very life and future of our society and without them, society would go into extinction. As someone rightly noted, it is their energies, inventiveness, character and orientation that define the pace of development and security of a nation.
‘’Through their creative talents and labour power, a nation makes giant strides in economic development and socio political attainments.
It is therefore imperative that any issue that has to do with the Nigerian youths should be taken very seriously.”
Oche said is an indisputable fact that youths are faced with a number of challenges chief of which is unemployment and its attendant consequences.
According to him, ‘’We all know that when youths are not meaningfully engaged, they can resort to vices that are capable of disrupting social order in the society.
‘’Conversely, when they are employed or engaged in productive activities, their lives will not only change for the better; society will also be better for it. It is often said that an idle mind is the devils workshop.’’
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