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NOA tasks youths on rekindling Nigerian dream, national dev

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THE Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari, has charged the Nigerian youth to be zealous and determined in rebuilding Nigerian dream on their shoulders for holistic national development.

  Dr Abari made the charge in a one-day “National Youth Forum for Attitudinal Reorientation”, organised by Anambra State Directorate of the agency to dialogue and deliberate with the youth in the state on the most effective and responsible ways of engaging them in national development.

   Arguing that it has become imperative and justified for NOA to optimise its engagement with the youth at all levels of society and provide the government the necessary feedback on the way forward for the Nigerian youth, the director general, who was represented in the occasion by the state director, Sir Charles Nwoji,  succinctly said, the objectives of the forum include to: engage the Nigerian youth on government policies; reawaken their consciousness on the need to embrace the national core values and ethics; mobilise them to seek resolution of their grievances through dialogue among others.

    He said, “given all the challenges posed by the nation’s underlying problems on socio-economic lives of Nigerians, particularly the teeming number of the youth, it has become necessary” for the country to review and expand its strategy for engaging the youth for national development, noting that this resulted in the decision of the NOA to broaden the platform of engagement that is more encompassing, down-to-earth and community-based.

  Stressing that the government could no longer ignore the demands of young people as the youth bulge in Nigeria is a time-bomb ticking to explode, the NOA herdsman assured that a novel and beneficial approach must be adopted in steering the youth towards patriotism, productivity and national development.

  He expressed optimism that the forum would enhance the capacity of the Nigerian youth to contribute meaningfully to national development, urging the participants to ensure that they leave with a cogent conviction, zeal and determination for rebuilding of the Nigerian dream, which he said, squarely rests on the shoulders of the Nigerian youth.

  Recalling the impact of the #EndSARS Protests that erupted in the last quarter of 2020 all over the country, NOA boss said, “the protest and its aftermath showed that the Nigerian youth possess the constitutional and fundamental rights to express their feelings on national issues”.

  According to him, “The immediate response of the government to the five-point demand of the youth showed that the government is responsive, sensitive and accountable to the youth”.

  In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion and Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Local Government Affairs, Chief Alex Onukwue, emphasised that the Obiano administration runs youths-inclusive governance, enjoining the youth to shun all forms of vices, but focus on acts capable of making the country great.

  The forum, which was held at Amawbia Town Hall, Amawbia, in Awka South Local Government Area, Anambra State, attracted the presence of the Anambra State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Kehinde Aremu; the Anambra State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr Mohammed Idiris represented by the Secretary, Anambra State Drug Control Committee, Mr Chris Adabu among others.

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