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2019 Best Young Achievers Award: National Light’s reporter wins Best Young writer

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FG charged to prioritise youth empowerment

FEDERAL Government of Nigeria has been called upon to prioritise youth capacity building and empowerment as the surest way to roll the developmental wheel of the country to desired destination.

The founder and CEO of Joelitic Big Corazon Charity Foundation, Joseph Akpan, made the call while speaking at the 2019 edition of the of the Young Achievers Award, which took place in Abuja.

He described youths as the people in whose hands the future of the country lay, while maintaining that youth empowerment is the panacea to the problem of under-development in every nation, as most productive capabilities lie only with them.

Akpan, a philanthropist, while charging Nigerian youths to acquire creative abilities and entrepreneurial skills that will enable them contribute meaningfully to the national development of the country, also called on the federal government to empower the young ones and provide them with more relevant opportunities in order to bring out the undiscovered best in them, as well as harness their potentials.

Earlier in an address of welcome, convener of the event and President of the Global Youths Representatives, Victor Okwudili, said the conditions of some Nigerian youths are  lamentable, owing to the what the government and the situation of the country have subjected them to.

He described unemployment as one of the banes of development in the country, as many employable and able bodied youths who are also intellectually equipped have no opportunities to show what they can offer, while those who are in the entrepreneurship flank lack the highly needed support of the government, in addition to the unfriendly Nigerian business environment.

He further argued that some of the relevant opportunities which should have been rightly reserved for the youths are being high jacked and occupied by some insatiable politicians who have outlived their usefulness in the propelling of the country’s developmental wheel.

In the pool of these challenges, he however noted, there are still some outstanding Nigerian youths who, based on record, have been making waves and making the country proud in their various fields of endeavour.

This, he explained, was the reason why the organisation initiated the 2019 Young Achievers Award ceremony, to encourage and spur them to do more. He further disclosed that the awardees and their works/activities were thoroughly screened in par with those of others who were also nominated for the awards respectively, after which the judges then declared them winners. He however encouraged and charged them never to relent or be complacent about that.

Responding, one of the awardees, Mr. Izunna Okafor, a National Light reporter and Young Nigerian Writer, who won the Best Young Writer of The Year 2019, extolled the organisers of the event for their efforts in discovering, recognising and rewarding young Nigerians who are beating the drum louder in their various fields, even as he described it as call to do more.

Others in the list of the awardees included the youngest speaker in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Edward Ogundoyin; the youngest Deputy Governor in the country and Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau; Mrs. Nancy Iloh of African Independent Television (AIT) among 14 others.

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