The Oasis Reporters
June 18, 2018
By Aloysius Okerieke, Warri
Youths on the Africa Continent have been urged to use the power of their minds to improve on their living standards towards positively impacting on the African society.
Correspondent reports that the National Coordinator of the Centre For Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade stated this at the United Nations Economic and Social council Youth Forum, held in Ugolo, near osubi Airport in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State.
The youths drawn from various interest groups covering different civil society organizations and other Strata of the society as well as nationalities converged on Ugolo, near Osubi Airport to celebrate on different issues, as regards to youths participation in the scheme of things in the society.
The National Coordinator of CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade in his address to the youths, said that Youths account for a greater percentage of the African population.
Comrade Mulade who admonished the youths to make good use of their population size to advance and shape the course of the African society, implored them not to allow the harsh economic realities in Africa to push them into crime, immorality and others social vices.
Comrade Mulade who is also an environmentalist in the Niger Delta Region, expressed optimism that the African youths have what it takes to change the African narrative by putting their youthful energies into productive ventures that would move the society on the path of growth and development.
The CEPEJ National Coordinator, a major peace advocate in the south south zone, called on the youths in Africa to always toe the line of peace in their quest of achieving set goals and objectives.
He commanded the Global President of Independence Pan Africa Youth Parliament, Mr Sixtus Obinna a youth Ambassador, for his zero tolerance for corruption as well as his forthrightness in piloting the affairs of the youths.
The Global President of the Independent Pan African Youth Parliament, Mr Sixtus Obinna, a youth ambassador, said that the body is a platform through which the United Nations brings the global agenda discussed in New York, USA in January this year to global communities at the grassroots levels.
Mr Obinna used the medium to charge Nigerian youths not to allow themselves to be used by politicians or anyone for negative ventures but rather they should endeavour to contribute their quota to societal growth.
Earlier, the corporate communications manager of CEPEJ, Ehrimen Rita, stressed that CEPEJ is a non governmental, non political and non religious civil society organization, that has passionately affected lives of youths in the Niger Delta Region and beyond.
She pointed out that CEPEJ as an NGO was proud to identify with the Africa chapter of the youth body, adding that the Independent Pan Africa Youth Parliament provides opportunities for youths to voice out their opinions.
A guest speaker at the event, Mr Rex Anighoro later gave a lecture on the quality of a person towards societal building.
Mr Anighoro who is also a special assistant to the Delta State Governor on civil engagement, appealed to the youths to strive for quality and not quantity.
He however charged the youths to give a standing ovation for Comrade Sheriff Mulade who provided his Africa for Peace facilities for the UN ECOSOC Youth forum, stressing that people like Comrade Sheriff Mulade who is a Delta State House of Assembly hopeful needs to be supported politically by voting them into political offices.
Highpoint of the event, was a round table session by the youths to brainstorm on issues bordering on youths development and empowerment.