The All Progressives Congress (APC) youth numbering over 20,000 on Saturday gathered in the City of Calabar to press on their demands of youthful inclusiveness in governance and politics across board.
The theme of the Summit “Future is Now” is a call for Nigerian Youths to reinforce, position themselves in Governance, Politics by negotiating a better deal for Nigerian youth starting with National Convention and general Elections comes 2023.
Governor of Cross River State His Excellency Senator Prof. Ben Ayade who flag off the Summit said there was no better time for youths to make their demands than now stating that the future is now.
According to him the Future of the Youths starts now and if they must continue to get it right then they must remain dedicated, committed and determined as that’s the key irrespective of your background.
He went further to announce the establishment of a Youth Social Welfare Program that will issue out a grant to every Cross Riverians and as such all Youths should go and identify with their leaders starting from their Ward leaders, Elders, Village Head.
“In my administration, i should be judged by the number of weddings, appointments, cars, houses, crimes put on control, lives saved, assistance given to my people; He said.
The National Youth Leader of the APC Barr. Ismael Ahmed in his address stated that this was a progression of the Lobby Committee’s agenda to mobilize the party’s Youth to occupy the leadership of the party and informed the youths that all NWC and NEC positions of the party were available for them to vie for in the coming APC convention. He commended the Cross River State Lobby Group for the brilliant effort in mobilizing over 20,000 Youths from the 196 Wards in the State to attend the Summit and pledged to continue working closely with the State Party apparatus.
Earlier in his welcome address the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee Mr. Oden Ewa whilst appreciating Governor Ayade for his immense contributions towards the empowerment of thousands of young people in the State, noted that a Youth successor to the Governor would be the crowning glory of the efforts.
A member of the National Youth Lobby Committee who is also the Commissioner for Finance Honorable Asuquo Ekpenyong Jnr speaking during the summit reiterated the position of the Youths in ensuring that they continue to have a better deal in the scheme of things within the party and in the government. He used the opportunity of the summit to appreciate the Governor for his commitment to Youth inclusion and empowerment. Stressing that the job going forward is the strengthening of the impact so made by deepening the commitment across Nigeria.
The summit which had more than 20,000 young people drawn from the 18 Local Government Area of the State also had performances from award winning artist like Kizz Daniel and Iyanya, speeches also came from other important dignitaries like Iyinoluwa Aboyade founder of Future Africa, Kunle Lawal of the Electoral College, Gambo Monzo SA Political to President Muhammadu Buhari, Chairman APC Cross Rivers State Alphonsus Eba Esq, Kanu Agabi SAN, the Speaker of Cross River State Assembly Rt. Hon Eteng Jonas-Williams, Senator Ita-Giwa, Chairman of Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum and Member of APC National Reconciliation Committee, Dr Betta Edu and other members of the National Lobby Committee such as Baffa Saleh, Fatima Kakuri, Abubakar Fakai Sadiq, and many other Youth leaders across the APC in Cross Rivers State and National.