. . . Seek Fatherly Advice, Support
By Mercy Hill
In a quest to create awareness against illicit drug use, cultism, as well as create a platform for youth development and growth through talent hunt and arts exhibitions, the Anambra State Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, has set up a 21- member planning committee to organize a programme for youths in the state.
This was disclosed on Thursday, July 11, when the 21 Local government coordinators, who are NYCN representatives from the 21 LGAs in the state, paid a courtesy/familiarization visit to the Fides Communications’ Director, Rev.Fr. Martin Anusi, at the Fidesplex, Nodu, Okpuno, Awka.
Highlighting the reason for their visit, the cordinator general, Comrade Godwin Chibunna Echegwo, said their visit was to familiarize with the Fides boss, seek fatherly advice, as well as partner with him with regard to their forthcoming programme which aimed at reviving youth development, raising consciousness of young people to find solution to societal ills and creating platforms in order to nurture talents amongst youths.
He said the event would be featuring talent hunt, art exhibitions, talks by guest speakers on drug abuse and security related issues in the state and dance competitions, while winners would be awarded with scholarships and other cash prizes.
Comrade Echegwo said they would be partnering with interested and well-meaning individuals and organizations who were interested in youth development in the state. He however solicited for funds for the forthcoming programme.
Others who spoke during the visit included Obiageli Evangeline Ewelobi, who noted that they had heard of the Fides Boss and his ministry for the youth and had come to receive encouragement and support towards the preparation of their programme.
Welcoming the group, Fr. Martin Anusi, expressed happiness with the visit and commended the group for adding talent hunt to their event, while he maintained that his apostolate as a youth formator was dedicated to engaging youths around him in values that would further establish them positively, as well as help them to establish strategies that would help in aiding self-realization and actualization in order to suit modern day society.
Fr. Anusi advised the group to properly propagate and preserve the Igbo language to avoid its extinction, while charging them to eschew any form of politics with regard to their judgement during the talent hunt. He noted that this would give them the opportunity to be professional in their selection of winners.
He told them that while every individual was entitled to be involved in any political party of their choice, such should not becloud their sense of good judgement. He urged them to be keen in the pursuance of vision and values.
The Fides boss went further to assure them of his support, financially and otherwise, even as he guided them on the principles of dedicating their time to pursue their vision and passion.