Chairman, Board of Trustee, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN),Chief Makole Omo Azugbene, Monday, tasked the National Transition Committee, NTC to reconcile all aggrieved members of the council with the view to fostering peace, progress and unity in the country and in the council.
He gave the charge while inaugurating the National Transition Committee, NTC at the National Youth Council of Nigeria national stakeholders’ emergency meeting for state chairmen held in Benin City.
Azugbene said the committee has six months to perfect its functions of reconciling the aggrieved parties in the youth body, conduct election into the executive council and conduct congress.
“The inauguration has been done by the appropriate authority, the Board of Trustee.
“This meeting of the council today is to give its seal of approval to the peace process and the National Transition Committee as constituted; however, if there is any zone or group that feels inadequately represented, they are free to make suggestion for inclusion in the NTC.
“For the avoidance of doubt the NTC has a six month non renewable tenure with the mandate to reconcile all aggrieved persons or group to organize a unity congress and conduct election into the National Executive Council of NYCN”, he said.
The chairman while thanking the Forum of State Chairmen, led by Amb. Sukubo Sara-igbe Sukubo for his role in mobilizing the youth to the level of relevance urged them to remain united and focus and not to be distracted in their mission of promoting peace and unity at the state and national levels of the council.
He however pleaded with the youth to support the peace process and the Transition Committee so that they could have a unity congress and elect a national executive council after which, he would retire from active service.
Speaking also, the BoT Secretary, Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Ativie, said the problem besetting the council has always emanated from the minister adding that the minister cannot decide for the council but can only play an advisory role to it.
Ativie advised the youth not to give room to external forces to interfere in the body of the youth council but should remain focus and leave a legacy that is worth emulating.
.however, stressed the need for the federal government to rehabilitate the victims of the insurgency and address some of the identified causes of Boko Haram insurgence.
He also asked President Muhammad Buhari led government to address hunger in the country, pointing out that majority of Nigerians are living in abject poverty, hence the need for government to improve on the wellbeing and living standard of the people.
Titus Akhigbe, Benin