The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in Cross River State has called on Governor Ben Ayade to allocate 55 per cent of appointments into his executive to qualified youths.
The chairman, Ndiyo Ndiyo, who addressed a news conference, Monday, on activities earmarked to celebrate the 2019 International Youth day on August 12, urged that the 55 per cent should consist of youths between 18 and 35 years, while the remaining should range from 35 to 50.
Ndiyo noted that during the last administration, the youths asked for 35 per cent and the governor appointed more than the requested percentage. According to him, the gesture had given the youths a sense of belonging in governance.
He said: “In Ayade’s first administration, we asked for 35 per cent youth inclusion into governance, he challenged us and gave us more than that. In his second term, we are asking for 55 per cent of appointments for youths between the ages of 18 and 35 and the other percentage to be between 35 and 50.
“This is also to give us a ground of learning from governance. As it stands, Cross River has promising young persons in politics from the experience of the last four years.
“We hope that by 2023, we should have a young person in the range of 40 years becoming the governor. The 55 per cent will make us stronger financially and vested with political knowledge.”
Ndiyo advised youths to shun vices by contributing their quota to the development of the society.
Chairman of the Central Planning Committee for the International Youth Day Celebration Great Ogban said over 5,000 youths are expected to participate in the week-long event from August 5 to 12.
Ogban outlined activities culminating to the event to include humanitarian visit to homes, football matches, sanitation, advocacy visits to schools and others.