As part of its efforts to function as the Apex Youth Legislative body in Nigeria, act as an authentic, true and resounding voice of the Youth, dispassionately and objectively debate topical issues of national interest, as well as build human capacities by educating and enlightening the Parliamentarians and the general youth populace, the Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP) convened the first press dinner and lecture with theme: “The Role of Social Media on Good Governance in Nigeria.”
The event which held on Saturday, the 21st day of January, 2017 at Barcelona Hotel, Wuse II, Abuja, under the auspices of Distinguished Senator (Dr.) Bukola Saraki, CON, the President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, was hosted by Rt. Hon. Ayodele John Obe, the Speaker of the Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP). Barr. Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development was the chief host, while Alhaji Sani Omolori, the Clerk of the National Assembly was the Chairman and Alhaji Abdulrasaq Salau, the Acting Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development acted as the Co-Chairman.
The press dinner and lecture which kicked off at about 5pm saw Senator Dino Melaye who ably represented the President of the Senate, addressing the Nigerian Youth Parliament, special guests, press men and every other person in attendance. In his speech, he pointed out that the President of the Senate was 100% in support of the press dinner. He gave striking examples of Shakespeare and Isaac Newton who at the young age of 23, authored a book which changed the world and created a globally recognized invention at age 27, respectively. He went ahead to charge the youths to put their youthful age, capacity and energy to great use in impacting positively on our great nation. Additionally, he reiterated the challenge being faced by older leaders and statesmen in positioning the Nigerian youths to take up the mantle of leadership in the country.
In his own words, Senator Dino Melaye said: “You must picture a future you want to feature in. In an unjust society, silence is a crime.” The Senator explained that youths must dream what they would like to become and plan well, shunning drugs and vices. This he called Capacity. In the course of his address, he clearly stated that leaders are all answerable to the citizenry because they are servants, thus, youths being the next generation of leaders must gainfully engage elders to work, develop themselves, frequently organize programs and events like this one, show concern about how they are being governed instead of being contracted as thugs. He summed up by saying that Commitment, Capacity, God and Resilience are essential for success in life.
Rt. Hon. Ayodele John Obe gave his opening remarks and speech subsequently, introducing the Parliament and presenting its work plan for the year 2017. Miss Cynthia Anele, the CEO and Blogger at naijacynth.com, a well vast social media strategist delivered a talk titled: “The Role of Social Media on Good Governance in Nigeria.” Her speech was based on a thorough research on the Social Media, its history, emergence, relevance, capacity, examples and accomplishments thus far. She also highlighted what Governance meant, differentiating between good and bad governance. The blogger listed some results and facets of bad governance to be: Corruption, Unemployment, Bad Infrastructure and Recession. In the same vein, she named Responsiveness, Equity, Accountability, Vision, Transparency and Responsibility as facets of Good Governance. In her words, “Social Media is a major tool for Participatory Governance. Both the Government and the Governed must understand their Responsibilities”. Conclusively, Miss Anele charged: “Social Media to me, is a lasting solution. Let us embrace it”.
Mrs. Nma Nzeribe Michael, representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Imo State Government, during her concise address, assured the NYP of the unflinching support of Imo State Government. Other dignitaries at the Press Dinner and Lecture were: Mr. Jonathan ably representing the Minister of Youth and Sports Development; Hon. Commissioner of Sports, Imo State; Ambassador Sarah Jibrin; Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, Traditional Ruler/Head of Akure, Ondo State; Incumbent Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Representatives/Pioneer Speaker of NYP; Traditional Rulers of Ugbo Land; Publisher, Yoruba Heritage Magazine; Miss Jenny Chisom of www.jennychisom.com, Miss Mercy Ebute of www.mercyebute.com and of course, my humble self, amongst others.
The event came to a climax with wining and dining, serving of colorful appetizing varieties of dishes with inviting aroma filling the air, networking and a merry parting dance.
It was indeed an evening!
Youths, let’s bare our minds. Was it an event you think you missed? Was it worth it? Was anything missing? How can we forge ahead? Drop your thoughts in the Comment box below.
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