*As Speaker urges young people to shun cultism, embrace education
By Amgbare Ekaunkumo, Yenagoa
The convener and organizer of Bayelsa Youth Leadership Award, and who also double as the Special Adviser to the Bayelsa Governor on Students Affairs, Mr. Atti Moses, has conferred the National Youth Awards for 2019 on thirty individuals to mark the International Youth Day.
Our correspondent reports that Bayelsa Youth Leadership Award is an initiative aimed at encouraging and rewarding excellent performances of youths in all spheres of life from politics, leadership skills, entertainment, sports, agriculture, and more.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Moses said for any nation that is determined to succeed, it largely depends on the youth population, that the youth plays an integral part in development of a country.
He advised the youth population to engage on different entrepreneurship skills and vocational trainings to equip themselves in order to be self-sustained and self-employed.
According to him: “A lot of people have contributed to knowledge, creativity, entrepreneurs, politics, security and many more.
“There is a huge population of the youth in the country and if they work in a coordinated manner then the country will achieve greater height.
“I want the Bayelsa Youth to be self sufficient, they should believe in their personal capacity also.
“Youths should not depend on politicians because they can fail you some time, we have to depend on ourselves as youths,” he said.
In his remarks, the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Tonye Emmanuel Isenah, urged Bayelsa youths to shun cultism, thuggery and embrace education, or vocational training governorship elections draw nearer.
He tasked them to take every appointment they are given with all level of seriousness, because they are the leaders of today.
His words: “The future is now, we must realise that and don’t be wasting your time as the elderly will say the future belongs to the youths.
“The ‘Not Too Young To Run” bill has been passed into law, but same youth will still call his fellow youth inexperienced.
“Life is a choice, whatever choice we make in life we are still responsible for it, I believe our youths are gradually turning into new life.
In his remarks, the Vice President of African Youth Parliament, Mr. Preye Ketebu Brown, louded the youths for their thoughtfulness in the award.
The activist implored young people to be focused in all they do in life, for the betterment of tomorrow.