Akwa Ibom youths sue for peace at 2014 Youth Day

By Ali Adoyi

Youths from Akwa Ibom State on Friday called on all stake holders in the country to push for national

The youth who converged at Ibom hall for the 2014 Akwa Ibom Youths Day Celebration stressed on the need for all to embrace peace and change in the polity.

The theme put up for discussion at the youth gathering was Unity and Justice: An Imperative for Sustainable development.

The event took off with a massive carnival held around major roads and streets of the state capital involving youths from the 31 LGAs of the state as well as other delegates. Over 30 youth groups were equally in attendance.

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Delegates who spoke with newsmen at the event expressed joy over the response of Akwa Ibom youth who converged from all parts of the country to discuss the topical issue of the moment. A delegate said “youths have discovered their place in decision making process of the state and the nation at large and are now ready to air their views.

A youth leader from Nsit Atai asserted that, "in the build up to the 2007 general elections, the youths of Akwa Ibom presented and worked for the emergence of Chief Godswill Akpabio as governor, and since then, our lots have changed.''

Speaking further, he said, "the youths of Akwa Ibom State believe in equity and justice and since Uyo Senatorial District produced governor for 8 years in the person of Obong Victor Attah. Ikot Ekpene will have governor Akpabio for 8 years. It is only just for Eket Senatorial district, for the sake of unity and justice to produce the next governor."

The Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Monday Ebong Uko, Commissioner for Youth and Sports while opening the event, thanked Gov. Akpabio for the various youth development programmes in the state and assured the youths of the governor's determination to continue to make positive impacts in the lives of the youth.

High points of the event were lectures delivered by Professor Nsungurua Udombana, Dr. Aniekan Brown and Miss Emem Dominic of the Akwa Ibom State University.

Goodwill messages were also presented by the Honorable Commissioner of Environment and Mineral Resources, Prince Enobong Uwah, Chairman of Etinan LGA, Isantim Kenneth Okon, amongst others while the governor was represented by the Special Adviser, Bureau of Political and Legislative Affairs, Otuekong Emmanuel Ibiok.