President of NYU, Chinonso Obasi, made this known on Thursday during a meeting with other youth forum to chat a movement of the amalgamation of a new youth organisation in Abuja.
The meeting entitled ” [email protected] and the Birth of Credible National Youth Platform”.
“Nigeria will prosper if we all contribute our quota,” he said.
He said the youth Union was formed to help Nigeria rediscover herself by mobilising, motivating and assisting youths across the country to become more patriotic and stay conscious of their environment.
He said that the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria cannot be complete without giving account of the roles that Nigerian youths played so far in six decades.
Obasi, who is also the former National President National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), said it would also help the youths to participate in developmental issues that would lead to the repositioning of Nigeria.
He identified a vacuum created in issues relating to youths in the country saying there was need for proper leadership for Nigerian youths,who are between the ages 18-35.
Obasi who acknowledged the presence of other youth groups in the country as well as professional bodies, stated that none of the groups advocate for the well-being of the youth but rather cater for the welfare of their members.
“We have resolved along different youth organisations in the country and have come together to say we recognised other youth association in the country.
” We recognise youth NGOs in the country. But we have discovered that there is a leadership vacuum for the Nigerian youths. That vacuum is leadership.
” We recognised the presence of Nigerian labour Congress (NLC), Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Academic Staff Union of polytechnics (ASUP), Nigeria Bar Association(NBA) as unions that are championing for the general well-being of their members but in the youth constituency we have much vacuum that no such entity is existing.”
Obasi added that the NYU would champion the general well-being of Nigeria youth, strengthen democracy and also stand for the defense of human rights.
“The birth of NYU is a way of appreciating Nigeria at 60 as well as a way of filling the leadership vacuum for the vibrant youths of the country,” he said.
“This youth platform will create welfare and political inclusion of the young persons adding that it would further check mate the incessant industrial action embarked on by members of ASUU, ASUP and other academic bodies,” he said.
He called for proper harmonisation saying such actions must henceforth be in the interest of all parties including students.
“The association’s courses they are championing must not affect others. NYU will close that end , they have no regards for youth leaders because they feel they are too cheap.
” Stomach infrastructure has been one of the basis for the leadership of few youth groups so sometimes ASUU and others consider them as not been pivotal to their leadership.
” But we will try our best to maintain our integrity that the sister union will know that this is a birth of new dawn for Nigerian youths, ” Obasi said.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza