Benue govt. to incorporate youths’ views into governance – Ortom

Benue govt. to incorporate youths’ views into governance – Ortom

Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue says his administration will liaise with youth leaders in the state to incorporate the views, which youths expressed at the Benue Youth Summit, into governance.


The governor gave the assurance on Friday in Makurdi, at the end of the three-day summit.


He said that the summit had availed his administration the opportunity to better understand the needs of the youth.


Ortom said that he regretted not hosting the summit earlier in his administration, given its impact.


He said that he was encouraged with the attitude of the youth throughout the summit and pledged to take their observations seriously.


He also commended the youth for their balanced observations, adding that both the old and the young could mentor each other.


“I regret not organising a youth summit earlier than now; I am encouraged with your attitude and high level of intelligence.


“Today, I completely agree that no one has the monopoly of knowledge, as I have acquired more experience and knowledge today.


“I will make use of your observations and views. I believe that if all that you have observed here are implemented, things will not be the same again. From here, I can do better,” he said.


The governor disclosed that his administration would hold a retreat with the organisers of the summit in order to incorporate their views into governance.


Earlier in his goodwill message, a popular musician, Zaaki Azaay, urged the youths to position themselves rightly to achieve success in all their endeavours.


He underscored the need for youths to take their future seriously, stressing that there was no height too high for them to attain.


Also speaking, Dr Macaulay Kalu, the President, African Union Sixth Region, lauded the governor for providing a platform for the youths to express themselves.


Kalu also commended the response of African youths to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that their voices needed to be celebrated after the pandemic.


He said that the youths, who represented over 75 per cent of the African population, were making the continent proud in various ways despite their individual peculiarities and challenges.


He urged African Heads of Government to redouble their efforts to make the youth the centrepiece of their policies and programmes.


Kalu said that the primary aim of the union was to provide a favourable environment and opportunities for all youths.


The summit, which was organised by the Benue Government in collaboration with youth groups in the state, was conceived in the aftermath the recent #EndSARS protests across the country.

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