BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
Youths of Rivers state have expressed willingness to partner with governor Nyesom Wike to take the state to greater heights.
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Rivers state Youth Leaders Assembly, Mr. Kennedy Tonjo West who spoke on the floor of the state House of Assembly at a plenary session said the youths already had a program that will complement effort to build security and peace in the state.
He further urged opposition politicians in the state to embrace the olive branch extended by governor Wike to all, adding that it was time for all to work for the collective good and development of the state.
Continuing, he recalled that youths across the 23 local government areas in the state gave their overwhelming support to the governor, adding that it was time for the governor to reward their unwavering support during the elections.
“Our unwavering support for Governor Wike and the PDP led government was tested at the polls and we stood our ground, hence, we expect the
Governor to reciprocate our love, loyalty, and support even as he appoints his cabinet, already we are not comfortable that youths are not reflecting in his inauguration list. Truth is, Neither our amiable governor or any party stalwart in the 23 LGA can say they gave money to the youths for one form of mobilization or the other,
Let me commend the Rivers youths for turning out en masse to vote and ensure that their vote counts in spite of the oppression, intimidation, and killings of our youths during the elections.”, he said.
He further enjoined governor Wike to implement recommendations of the various commissions of inquiry set up on electoral violence during the last elections, adding that the government should continue to pursue its security programs which had created jobs for about thirty thousand youths
“We urge His Excellency to be stringent in implementing the recommendations of the commissions’ reports irrespective of whose ox is gored.
We commend the governor’s resolute to pursue the establishment of the Neighbourhood Watch to a logical conclusion, in the same vein we will appreciate the review and continuing of the Land and Waterway Surveillance.
This security machinery empowered over 30 thousand youths across the length and breadth of Rivers state assisting the conventional security apparatus with intelligence gathering for overt and covert operations as the business protecting lives and properties of her citizenry as such money expense in the area of handling security is never lost. “, he said
“We wish to commend the governor for his proactive and pragmatic approach in tackling the increasing security issues in the state as enunciated in the recent town hall meeting held between His Excellency, kings and youth leaders within Rivers state is a step towards the right direction,
On our part, we have consciously designed creative windows of opportunities that will empower and employ over 200,000 youths or more before the next one year. We intend to work with the Governor and the State House of Assembly to initiate policy framework and reforms to increase internally generated revenue. Expand the scope of the creative industry as an alternative revenue earner. We will Rebrand and Reinvent the Image of Rivers State.”, he said.
He further called on youths of the state to shun cultism, related crimes like kidnapping and work to promote peace in the state, adding that the state government should take steps to effectively empower the youths