Shun Violence, Participate Actively In LG Elections, Forteta Advises Youths

DELTA State Commissioner
for Youth
Development, Hon.
Asupa Forteta, has advised
youths to shun all forms of
violence and vices and participate
actively in the forth
coming January 6, 2018 Local
Government and 2019
general elections.
Hon. Forteta gave the advice
during the year 2017
African Youth Day Celebration
held in Asaba during
the week.
The Commissioner said,
“starting with the local
government polls in January
2017 and the general
elections in 2019, I advise
that all participate actively,
imbibe the tenets of democracy
and to shun all
forms of violence during
the elections.”
He implored leaders of
voluntary organizations
to reflect on their achievements
so far with reference
to membership drive in
their organizations.
Hon. Forteta while speaking
on the theme of this
year’s celebration, “Harnessing
the Demographic
Dividends Through the
Investment on Youths for
Sustainable Development
in Nigeria” said “Although
the economy of the nation
had witnessed a decline in
economic growth in recent
times, the potential for rebuilding
this growth needs
to be enhanced through
focused policy decisions
and programs aimed at harnessing
the demographic
dividends.”
He stated that with the
population of Nigeria which
is estimated to be about
188 million, the choice for
the theme of the celebration
was apt, saying that it
was time to put the development
and participation
of young people at the center
of national development
effort.
Earlier, the Chairman,
National Youth Council of
Nigeria, Delta State chapter,
Comrade Kenneth Okorie,
had stated that achieving
demographic dividends and
regions sustained multisector
investment in health
and education was of great
importance towards reducing
unemployment rate
and increasing the rate of
employment opportunities
for young people.
Comrade Okorie while
thanking Governor Okowa
for putting the younger
generation interest first
before any other thing,
appealed to the private
sectors to join hands with
government and invest
more on youths through
education and providing
access to family planning.
According to Comrade
Okorie, “no doubt, this will
reduce the high dependency
ratio which is crucial
to ensuring demographic
dividends and investment
for good governance and
viable fiscal policies such as
transparency and tracking
corruption that will encourage
individuals and attract
foreign investment.”

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