Saturday, 11 August 2018

Ayade has provided a safe space for youths to excel, DG admonishes youth on Int'l Youth day

10th August, 2018

In tandem with the world the 2018 International Youth Day on 12th August, 2018, with the Theme- "SAFE SPACE FOR YOUTH, YOUTHS NEED SAFE SPACE". The Director General of Greater Calabar Capital City Development Authority, Comrade, Kingsley Ita Ikpeme  on Thursday, 10th August 2018 played host to Cross River State youths in his office in Calabar. 

Comrade, Kingsley Ikpeme who is a former Cross River State Representative in the Nigerian Youth Parliament, Abuja, Former Chairman Contact and Mobilization of the National Youth Council of Nigeria and Ex-President National Association of Cross River State Students (NACRISS) Worldwide, used the opportunity to call on youths in the State to live above board and shun activities that are inimical to the image of their families and State at large, as they are ambassadors of their families and State. 

Comr. Kingsley Ikpeme told the youths that the theme of the 2018 World Youth Week is very symbolic as the Governor, His Excellency Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade has already provided safe space for the youths in the State by his appointment of more youths in the State into governance, which has never been done by previous administration in the State, he went on to inform that  before now youths in the State were seen as never-do-well and tools in the hands of selfish and power drunk politicians. 
Mr. Kingsley Ikpeme, DG GCCCDA recently in a state function with Comrade state chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comr. Prince Ndiyo

"Today, the Governor Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade's administration has shown confidence in the capacity of the youths in the State, and it will be very normal for the youths to reciprocate this kind gesture by wholly supporting the administration and supporting the re-election bid of the Governor come 2019, for the Ben Ayade's led Administration to continue and complete its various people oriented projects across the three senatorial districts in the State". He pleaded. 

The youthful and youth loving DG maintained that by bringing more youths on board into governance than previous administration, Sen. (Prof) Ben Ayade has provided a safe space for the youths to function effectively citing  that the likes of Mr. Donald Duke, Sen. Liyel Imoke, Amb. Matthew Mbu, Sen. Joeseph Wayas, Sen. Ndoma Egba, etc attended leadership positions in the State and Nation in their late twenties and early thirties (As youths) because they were provided with safe space to operate. 

Comr. Kingsley further decried the ugly development today were youths have misplaced priority, today some youths are indulging in social vices like cultism, arm robbery, kidnapping, gangsterism, drug, abuse, rape  etc. He called on the youth to always see themselves as the greatest assets any nation can have, they should not allow any one destroy or steal their youthful days. 

Director General Ikpeme, opined that the youths are not only the future leaders but potentially and actually the greatest investment for a country development. Also that without the youths there can be no future, youths are centre of reconstruction and development, for the extent of their vitality, responsible conduct and role in the society is positively corrected with the development by the country. 

Comr. Kingsley Ikpeme, went on to charge Cross River State youths not to allow themselves to be misled, as the vision of the State lies in their hands for they are filled with tremendous and towering ambitions, thus it will be a great wastage of human resource, if these youths are not given safe space to exercise their talents.

As the 2019 General Elections approaches, Comrade Kingsley Ita Ikpeme advised the youths in the state not to allow themselves to be used by selfish and power drunk politicians, whose stock in trade is to cause crisis and tension in the state, they youths should desist from making themselves available tools in the hands of these politicians, who do not mean well for them, and will not use their children for political thuggery, but uses other people's children. 

When youths engages in breakdown of public peace, law and order, the long hand of the law will surely catch up with them, rather youths in the state should positively engage politically, as the 2019 General Elections draws near, youth should register and belong to political parties that will actualize their political ambitions, they should maintain a good track record and vote for   fellow youth as tomorrow is now. They youths should rise and contest for all political positions where they are qualified. 

 "Lets change the change, equally as the voters card registration draws to a close as announce by INEC, my advise to all youths of voting age in the state is that as a matter of urgency, let's all go out and register and obtain our voters cards, and exercise our civic right, by voting good governance at all level come 2019". He advised.

The Director General, Comr. Kingsley Ikpeme later called on INEC, CROSIEC, security agencies and all stakeholders in conducting elections to create atmosphere devoid of crisis, the 2019 General Election should be credible free and fair and a model to all African countries.

Earlier in his address the leader of the delegation: Youth Arise and Move, a former president of the National Association of Odukpani Students' Worldwide and a frontline youth leader in the state, Comrade Nkarake Bassey Ekpenyong commended the Governor of the State His Excellency Sen. (Prof) Ben Ayade for appointing more youth in government, thus believing in the capacity of the youth, than any other administration in the State. He commended the Governor for appointment of Comr. Kingsley Ikpeme as the pioneer Director General of Greater Calabar Capital City Development Authority.  

And all other youths leaders in the state. In his words;
"The youth of the State are solidly behind the Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade led administration because he has shown positive disposition to the youth by expanding governance". 

He also called on the Governor to build the capacity of more youths in the State by creating jobs, providing conducive atmosphere for job creation, government should establish  small and medium scale loans for the youths to obtain and invest in businesses, issue scholarship to indigent but brilliant students, renovations of public schools and effective monitoring the educational sector. 

Mr. Ekpeyong further condemned the frequent cult clashes in the state and said its being perpetrated by non Cross Riverians, as no Cross River State students or youth has any reason to indulge in cultism, as it is not in our character, as he called on the law enforcement agencies to step up the game by being more productive,  investigate and bring to law all fermenting crisis in the state.

 The high light of the visit was the singing of solidarity songs, group photographs, and light refreshment