Friday, 4 February 2022

South East Youths Elect New Leadership, Vow to Press Home Demands of Igbo Youths


 Ukpa Ewa | February 4th 2022

AWKA, A group known as South East Youth Assembly of Nigeria (SEYAN) has pledged to ensure that the yearnings, aspirations and demands of young persons from the South Eastern region of the country is properly addressed as it will direct these demands to appropriate authorities. 

Speaking in Akwa the newly elected Speaker of the Assembly, Ijegalu Simon Felix who also represents Ezeagu/Udi Federal Constituency of Enugu state in the Assembly called for support and cooperation of young people so they can channel their demands to the appropriate quarters using the right approach. 

Felix who made this known immediately after the election of the assembly informed that SEYAN was modeled after the Nigerian parliamentary system - House of representatives which comprises of 43 members representing their respective constituencies within the South East geo-political zone created to strengthen , reinforce and consolidate effort in empowering young people through meaningful youth representation in driving South East development. 

"The youth Assembly sits and deliberate on matters of national importance as it affects youth development". 

"Resolution reached are passed as voted and passed to the head of both chambers of National Assembly and the president through the Federal Ministry of Youth and sport development for consideration".

He maintained that the activities of the parliament shall include and not be limited to protecting the interest of youths, particularly within the South East and contributing to the progress, peace and development of the region through constructive deliberations, policy formulations,leadership training, career building, skill acquisition and youth Investment and empowerment.

 "The South East Youth  Assembly is created in compliance with the united nation charter in youth development and in pursuant to resolution of the common wealth head of government meeting in the republic of Malta (2005) as a platform through which their voices could be heard on government policies that affect them directly. The resolution seeks the acceptance and compliance of all member state to establish, maintain and fund a functional youth parliament" he said.

The election which was held in Awka, Anambra State saw the emergence of 
Ijegalu Simon Felix as speaker of SEYAN representing Ezeagu/Udi Federal constituency, Enugu State while Oyeh Johnkingsly Chukwuebuka Orumba North/ South federal constituency, Anambra State was elected deputy speaker.

Other elected principle officers included
Ndive Julius Nnamdi Anambra East/West Federal constituency, Anambra State majority leader, Nicholas OdozorIgbo Etiti/ Uzo- Uwani federal constituency, Enugu State Deputy Majority leader, Agbom Sunday
Ezza North/Ishiellu federal constituency, Ebonyi State minority leader.

Abaegbu Nnamdi Bende, Abia state deputy minority leader, David Uzoma Andrew Oguta Ohaji Egbema and Oru West Federal constituency, Imo State Chief Whip, Nwambe Richard
Ezza South/Ikwo federal constituency, Ebonyi Deputy Chief whip and
Chinturu Ikonne C. Dollar
Obingwa Ugwunagbo/Osisoma federal constituency, Abia State Female Leader.

In her remarks, the female leader Chinturu Ikonne Dollar said she would use her office to eradicate all forms of stigmatization against the girl child and encourage more female participation in politics.

Similarly, The Majority Leader of SEYAN Engr. Julius Ndive Nnamdi representing Anambra East/West Federal constituency, Anambra State who was delighted said he will ensure that the voice of south east youth was heard at federal level especially in his own constituency.

Lending his voice on the upcoming 2023 presidential election, he affirmed that 
Ndi Igbo was ready to take up the mantle of leadership as they were qualified academically, physically, economically and socially to lead.

The objective of the assembly was to present ideas and formulate individual and collective strategies and action that address regional challenges of underdevelopment, marginalization, exclusion of youth in policy formulation and implementation.

Also, engaging of youth for self-reliance, good governance at all levels, sustained economic development through peaceful dialogue and peace building, partnering with government of all level for youth empowerment.