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Youth delegates threaten to dissociate selves from National Conference outcome •Allege marginalistion

By News Express on 24/04/2014

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Youth delegates to the on-going national conference in Abuja have cried out over alleged marginalisation and threatened to dissociate themselves from the outcome of the talk shop.

They issued the warning this afternoon during a press conference at the NICON Luxury Hotel Abuja addressed by Head of Delegation, Comrade Ben Duntoye.

Duntoye in his address alleged that there is a deliberate attempt to gag youth delegates and demanded immediate redress. He cited cases to back up the claim of marginalisation. Hear Duntoye:

“It is interesting to note that of the 493 delegates, the youth have only 18 representation which is a marginalisation of the majority by the minority considering the youth population. In other climes, a conference of this nature should have more of the younger generation under the guidance of a few elders. It is only in Nigeria, that we have more of the older ones than the younger ones in discussing the future. Sir Ahmadu Bello, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo negotiated the independence of this country at relatively young age. We accepted to downplay this because we thought the conference would be about intellectual contest that will allow the best ideas scale through. This is despite the huge scepticism of our constituency. We started the conference with a subtle blackmail that we should respect our parents at the conference once it is noticed that our opinion varies with the status quo. As young Nigerians well brought up with our various rich cultural values for respect, we have immense respect for our elders at the conference. But we also understand that we can respectfully disagree and insist on our position except a superior position emerges. It must be understood that we are here in our official capacities to represent the youth and not to massage the egos of some people.

“When the 50 wise men were convened, a serious omission was made by not having any youth representation. Is the leadership saying that we have no youth who can represent the interest of the youth on the key issues that was discussed and agreed upon?

“Again, 20 committees were constituted and the principal officers refused to see the wisdom in young delegates being represented in each committee despite that we raised objection at the plenary. We appreciate that one of us emerged a deputy chairman of a committee. While we appreciate the importance of the economy, environment, energy, labour, transport, civil societies and sport in our nation’s development; how come we were omitted from equally critical issues like devolution of power, restructuring of government, public services and political parties? Was this a deliberate attempt to silence our view on political issues or another omission? If this is not addressed urgently, we may have no other option than to dissociate ourselves from outcomes of decisions taken about our future in our absence.

“We will like to use this opportunity to draw attention to the increasing senseless killings and insecurity in our country. We the youth are most vulnerable. We therefore call on the government at all levels, our elders and the youth across the country to come together at this time regardless of political differences to confront the common enemy. We sympathise with the families of the deceased and pray that God grants the families the fortitude to bear the loss.”                

•Photo shows National Conference Head of Youth Delegation, Comrade Ben Duntoye.

Source News Express

Posted 25/04/2014 12:40:50 AM





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