The Nigerian government has been advised to create more jobs and make the youths meaningful in the society.
The Cross River State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Frankland Briyai said engaging the youth with jobs and in governance would curtail drug abuse among them as well as suicides and other crimes.
He gave the advice when he received an award tag ‘Thomas Sankara Certificate of Honour for Integrity and Transparency’ by the ECOWAS Youth Council at the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC head office in Calabar.
‘‘For those in the helm of affairs, be patriotic and put the unity of Nigeria first in your services…We should make Nigeria a youth friendly place and conducive so that our youths will not seek greener pastures in other countries where some of them sometimes meet their death at the Mediterranean sea,” he said.
Dr Briyai expressed appreciation on his award saying;” it will encourage him to be more committed in his services to humanity.”
The Deputy Director Cabinet of ECOWAS Youth Council, Mr. James Uneze said the youths are the leaders of Today and not Tomorrow.
”I believe that the youths are the leaders of today and they should actively be involved in anything that will project the country positively. Whatever you know that is good for the nation, do it and let us make Nigeria a safer place for all of us,” Mr Uneze stated.
On the award presented by the Council, he said; ”After the 2019 general election, upon our assessment, we observed that the Cross River Independence Electoral Commission conducted a free, fair, credible and non-violence elections. It is a very good distinction and we are very proud of Dr. Frankland Briyai that was why we recognised him and to thank the Nigerian and state governments for their support, even the security agencies in the State for their efforts in the election. Our thanks, also go to the good people who participated actively during the voter education and campaign against violence in elections.’’
Apart from Dr. Frankland Briyai, the ECOWAS Youth Council also gave several awards to some distinguish Nigerians. They are; the former Chief Medical Director of the University of Port-Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Professor Aron Ejule, the Vice Chancellor of Edo State University at Iyamo, Professor Emmanuel Aluyo and the Vice Chancellor of Kano University of Science and Technology, Professor Alhaji Sheu.