By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”SECRETARY to the Delta State Government, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, will on Saturday at Sapele, be the special guest at a youths forum of all the five ethnic nationalities in the state where a review of the state of the nation in general and an evaluation of the performance of the Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, in particular, will be discussed.
The youths from Urhobo, Ijaw, Isoko, Itsekiri and Ndokwa, ethnic nationalities would also be joined in their deliberations by leaders of student unions of the various tertiary institutions in the state.
The gathering to be held under the aegis of Delta State Youths Consultative Assembly, DSYCA, is being coordinated by Ijaw youth leader, Mr. Hendricks Opukeme, while a former commissioner in the state and National Chairman of the Urhobo Political Forum, UPF, Chief Ighoyota Amori would be the Chairman of the event.
A statement by Mr. Hendriks Opukeme, said the â€œaims and objectives of the Assembly as a platform for mass mobilization for social justice and political empowerment is to educate, sensitize and enlighten the youths on modalities and strategies for economic empowerment, as well as enhance and sustain inter-ethnic peace and enthronement of good governance, free, fair and credible elections.â€
According to Opukeme, topical issues bordering on the future of the country and the state, especially the 2011 general elections, would be deliberated upon, adding that far-reaching decisions would also be taken at the crucial meeting.
He said, â€œTop on the agenda for deliberation is the build-up to the 2011 general elections in Delta State and the roles expected to be played by the youths in the electioneering process.â€
â€œAlso on the agenda is a critical examination and indepth analysis of the Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan administration in Delta State and where possible produce a performance evaluation report on the provision of goods and services, infrastructure, good governance, human capital development as well as peace and security.â€
Mr. Opukeme added that the member representing Burutu South Constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Funkekeme Solomon, is billed to deliver a paper titled, â€œDemocracy, Human Capital and Societal Development: Implication for Delta Stateâ€.