Arch. Reuben OkoyaBy Bodo Austine/Jide Dominic
The need for Bayelsa youths to be disciplined and play politics with
high sense of decency were the high points raised by a former Commissioner for Special Duties in Bayelsa state, Rueben Okoya at the first Orange Movement Youth Convocation in Yenagoa.
The convocation was organized by the Coalition for Development and Democracy in Bayelsa (CDDB) with the theme, ‘Building Bayelsa Together Through Participatory Democracy, The Youths Perspective’.
Rueben Okoya who was a special guest of honour at the event further stated that Youths and education issues are crucial for socio-economic and political development of not only the youths but also the state as a whole.
While noting that although the Nigerian youths are striving under very tight environment, Rueben Okoya also told them that they should endeavour to channel their God-given talents into useful ventures.
In his welcome address, the Executive Director of CDDB, Dr. Ekiyor Welson enjoined Bayelsa youths to come together under a particular platform to chart a way forward.
Dr. Welson also stated that that platform is what the Orange Movement
represents, adding that Bayelsa youths should see themselves as part of the building of a greater Bayelsa.
The royalfather of the day, His Royal Majesty Joshua Igbagara posited that education is the key to national development all over the world, emphasizing that youths must pursue quality education while making useful contribution when playing politics.
The traditional ruler who is the Amananaowei of Gbarain Kingdom further pointed out that Bayelsa youths are being baptized at the event to become useful elements in politics and other sectors of the society, stressing that they should shun social vices that are capable of negatively affecting the development of the state as a whole.