A two-day capacity building workshop has been held for members of the Delta State Youth Parliament, with a call on Nigerian youths to be more actively involved in politics and leadership.
The workshop, with the theme “Understanding Legislative Procedures And Youth Engagement”, was put together by the State Government through the Ministry of Youth Development.
The need for Nigerian youths to aspire to leadership positions through active involvement in politics took the center stage during the opening ceremony of the capacity building workshop.
The speakers held same opinion that the youth must rise up to the challenge of getting themselves actively involved in political activities.
The State Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr. Ifeanyi Egwuyenga, while commending the State Government for constituting the State Youth Parliament, noted that the capacity building workshop was aimed at exposing members to the tenets of Parliamentarianism.
Mr Egwuyenga urged the youth parliamentarians to see the platform as an avenue to improve their knowledge and get exposed to ways to enhance effective legislation.
In a goodwill message to the ceremony, the Chairman, House Committee on Youth and Sports Development, Delta State House of Assembly, Honourable Fred Martins, enjoined youths in the state to direct their energies to useful ventures, including active participation in politics.
Represented by the member representing Isoko South Constituency 11 and member of the Committee, Honourable Ferguson Onwo, the Martins urged the State Youth Parliamentarians to take advantage of the workshop to actualize their political dreams.
The Lawmaker, who described the capacity building workshop as a noble idea, stressed that there was a lot to learn about leadership, particularly at this age in the lives of the participants.
The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Legislative Matters and former member of the Delta State House of Assembly, Honourable Efe Ofobruku, harped on the need for youths in the country to have positive mindsets towards governance.
Ofobruku, in his presentation entitled “Participatory Governance and Rural Appraisal, Social Mobilization Mindset and Value Reorientation”, stated that the legislature remained the key symbol of democracy and commended the organizers of the workshop.
He maintained that there was the need to expose the young parliamentarians to the basics of leadership and governance, emphasizing that one of the major problems facing the country was recycling of old politicians.
The former Lawmaker, therefore, urged the youth to take the challenge of changing the narrative seriously as the nation was in need of positive development.
Another resource person, Mrs Angela Onwaeze, who spoke on “Advocacy and Community Engagement Strategies”, said the country needed peaceful and creative youths to grow, adding that one way of achieving the desired goal was strong advocacy.
The Speaker of the Delta State Youth Parliament, Hon (Dr) George Owhoekevwo and other youth parliamentarians who spoke commended the Delta State Government for the capacity building workshop which they said had exposed them to some key tenets of leadership.
The opening ceremony of the programme was attended by some top government functionaries, including the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of youth development, Ms Ngozi Mogbolu.