Youth Assembly: The new future of Nigeria
IAYSP–Nigeria organized a Youth Assembly with the theme: The new future of Nigeria, commemorating the World Development Information Day.
Miss Shinsook Ikpot gave some words before the opening Remarks that IAYSP-Nigeria President Mr. Ogar Raphael Ekpo gave.
He offered one minute silence in honor of youths that got shot during the protest in lekki and other parts of the country.
Rev. Koji Matsuda, the International President of IAYSP, gave a brief introduction of what IAYSP stands for, its mission, the project of UN sustainable development goals achieved by the IAYSP Members around the world, and the synergy project held in different countries.
He also reviewed the effect of YSP worldwide through planting trees and rendering medical services during the Covid19 Pandemic.
He further advised the Youths participating in the conference to seize the opportunity as members of IAYSP in building a better nation of peace that the world can be proud of through the SDGs and Synergy projects.
Prof. Ekpeyong talked about the challenges of the Nigerian Youths in finding solutions to the problems in their communities. Also, he encouraged the Youths to, first of all, recognized their challenges, and he added that the Youths should get their selves involved in proper leadership development such platform as IAYSP and other educative Youth Leadership development program.
Dr. Raphael Ogar Oko, who is as well a Global Educator, gave a presentation on the topic (The New future of Nigeria).
He charged the nation that after the 1st 60 years of British rule, they threw together the north and west of Nigeria without harmonizing its culture and religion. And even though there were another 60 years where the Nationalists sought independence from the British, they still fail to integrate the nation and rather tribalized it. Dr. Oko charged the leaders to educate its citizens, to create a conducive environment above all to raise future leaders.
For the new Nigeria, there is a need for a:
1. National Culture
2. National Community
3. Resources Development & Utilization
He explained the origin of the universe through a religious viewpoint and how the Youths of Nigeria should return to a life centered on integral values and principles.
As well, he spoke about resources management in Nigeria, the difference in religion, and its ethnic divisions.
Regarding the overview of Nigeria’s growth and fall, in his next presentation, he urged the Youths to cultivate the habit of promoting unity and harmony in the society, rather than involving in things that can bring divisions to the nation.
Mr. Ebriku John Friday (The Role Of Media in the New Nigeria) advised the Youths to desist from disseminating any information without a thorough investigation of its authenticity, mentioning that this is for the best interest of the nation.
Other journalists in the meeting gave similar advice to the Youths of Nigeria.
Some questions arose that were answered by the keynote speakers.
The meeting came to an end with closing remarks given by IAYSP Nigeria President, Mr. Ogar Raphael Ekpo. In his closing remarks, he urged the Youths in Nigeria to embrace peace and get involved in things that can develop their leadership capacity. And advised, especially the members of IAYSP, to become a model for a change that can expand positivity into all the Nigerian Youths.
Rev. Imoh Nkanta, the FFWPU National leader, gave the last words, including pieces of advice to the Youths.