Thursday, 19 January 2017

Anambra 2017: Youth urged to shun political unrest

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

As Anambra State 2017 gubernatorial poll gathers momentum, youths have been urged to shun violence, thugry, among other political unrest, as well to be ready to vote and defend their franchise during the election.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Youth Mobilisation, Tony Uche Ezekwelu, who made the call at inauguration of 22 Caretaker Committee of Ifitedunu Youth Organization held at Ifitedunu, Dunukofia local government Area, observed that no form of electoral malpractices could hold sway in atmosphere where the youth holds sway.

Ezekwelu, who also charged the youths not to allow any kind of inducement from contestants to affect their voting rights, said that no society can witness any kind of meaningful development without the contributions of the youths.

He further urged youth to exhibit maximum respect for the constitution, and strive to contribute their quota in moving the country forward by always standing on the truth, which according to him, was the essence of inaugurating youth organisations as Obiano’s administration wants democratically elected youths in every community to be incorporated in the policy making of the state.

The governor’s SSA maintained that the incumbent administration is youths' friendly, hence its commitment to instituting legitimate and responsible youth body all over the state for them to contribute immensely to the socio-economic activities of the state.

While observing that the present style of governance had enthroned unity among youth in the state, the Obiano’s SSA urged the new caretaker committee to spread hands of fellowship and accommodate all and sundry, in line with the stipulated laws of the state.

Contributing, Special Assistant to governor Obiano on Political Matters, Chito Tokas Ohazulike, described youths as the engine room of every nation, and enjoined the younger generation to be conscious of their environment especially in this political season desperate politicians would like to use them to commit electoral crimes.  

On his part, the Chairman, Ifitedunu Committee of Friends, Uche Oduche commended Governor Obiano for his initiative to inject youthful spirit in his government, which he said is line to international best practices as youths are full of energy with untapped potential to transform the nation if well harnessed.

In their separate speeches, the Chairman and the female Vice Chairman of the Committee, Chukwudi Onuorah and Gloria Chukwunulu, said they would always support the dreams and aspirations of the present government, as well as discharge their duties effectively in accordance with the specified bylaws guarding the youths of the state. reports that highlights of the occasion were election, inauguration and presentation of bylaws to the constituted officials such as Chukwudi Onuorah, Gregory Aduka, Gloria Chukwunulu, Olisaemeka Okafor, and Tochukwu Enweani as Chairman, Vice Chairmen for male and females, Secretary, and Financial Secretary, etc.



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