The Cross River State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development who spoke during the stakeholders forum to mark the 2017 International Youth Day in Cross River State disclosed that since the inception of the Senator Benedict Ayade led administration, youths have been brought closer to governance in the state.
Commissioner Asu Okang maintained that since Governor Ayade came into power, there have been an almost total inclusiveness of youths in the state affairs with over 21 youths being appointed into several political offices.
He added that Cross River State could easily be adjudged to be the most youth friendly and comprehensive state in the country as it was the first to domesticate a youth document even before the introduction of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill.
According to him, “on assumption of office, we had to design a clear cut road map for youths in Cross River State in employment generation, leadership roles, empowerment and capacity development. We have ensured that the federal government World Bank assisted YESSO programme is drawn to a logical end in the state with the payment of ₦7,500 monthly stipends to 5000 youths in the state set to begin by September.
We have brought a new horizon of hope for the teaming youths of the state with the establishment of the Cross River State Job Center billed to be commissioned by the first week of September.
As a state, we are going to ensure that corporate organizations doing business in the state give employment preference to a certain percentage of our youths in their organizations, as it has been noticed that most of this organizations bring in their workforce and expertise from outside the state when we have capable youths in the state who can fit into those positions,” he added.
On the #NotTooYoungToRun bill, the Youth and Sports Development Commissioner revealed his total support for the bill, stating that the state government will do everything within its powers to ensure the State House of Assembly assents the bill and gives it a speedy passage as we believe that as youths, if we have the right to vote, then we should also be given the right to contest.
The stakeholders forum was organized by the state ministry of Youth and Sports Development in conjunction with CUSO International, UNFPA in collaboration with other stakeholders.
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By Missang Akpet.