NYCN President urges youths to shun banditry, social vices



Right- Innocent Nduanga, NYCN Deputy President; 2nd right- Almustapha Asuku, the NYCN National President; 2nd left- Israel Alonge, Kogi NYCN Chairman; and Left- Uko Michael, NYCN National Treasurer.

Mr Almustapha Asuku, President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), on Tuesday advised Nigerian youths to shun banditry and all forms of social vices.

Asuku told journalists in Lokoja, that the youths would be happier if they shunned crime, embrace peace and unity to bring development to the nation, noting that no country had ever developed without peace.

”We are appealing to youths to shun crimes, banditry, kidnapping, terrorism and other social vices.

”By our data, the issue of banditry, kidnapping and terrorism is fast spreading across the county.

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”We are appealing to the federal and state governments to create more opportunities for young people to get jobs and be engaged in positive ventures.

He said that the council was engaging governments, corporate organisations and other relevant bodies on policies that would create opportunities for young people to thrive, adding that the National Directorate of Employment gave 4000 slots to youths through such efforts last year.

Asuku added that the council would soon open discussions with the Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF), so as to consider suggestions toward creating job opportunities for young people.

He appealed to the federal government to, in collaboration with the states, offer permanent employment to serving N-Power volunteers.

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”We will continue to consult and engage with the relevant stakeholders to create opportunities for young people. We want them to be prosperous and transfer wealth to others through legitimate means,” Asuku said.

He called on all the aggrieved youth leaders to embrace peace and join hand with him to building formidable council of their dream, free of any form of political interference.

He urged the people of Kogi, especially the youths, to support the re-lection bid of Gov. Yahaya Bello, saying that Bello had done well for the youths and deserved their support to do even more.

Also speaking, Mr Uko Michael, the NYCN Treasurer, said that 70 cent of Nigeria’s population were youths, according to United Nations index.

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”We are optimists, who see opportunities in difficult times. We want young people to have skills and transfer knowledge and wealth to other people. That is how to curb banditry and other crimes,” Michael said.

He urged Kogi youths to support the NYCN President who happened to be an indigene of the state, saying there was no faction in the youth council.

”We are here in Kogi State to celebrate the Eid-el-fitr with the authentic president of the youth Council, Mr Almustapha Asuku.

”We do not build on illegality, Asuku is the legally inaugurated and authentic president of NYCN, no faction,” Michael said.

The Chairman of NYCN, Kogi chapter, Mr Israel Alonge, enjoined youths to be peaceful and law abiding while celebrating the Eid el Fitr. (NAN)

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