The Joyce Daniels Oamen Organization have on Friday awarded grants to a total of 17 youths to further empower themselves in their chosen career and educational pursuits, during an event to commemorate the International Youth Day In Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo state.
Among the beneficiaries were 6 young persons who got grants of N100,000 each, 11 others who also got grant of N50,000 each and a physically challenge lady who smiled home with a N100,000 cash award.
This year’s International Youth Day themed; “Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages,” was commemorated on 12 August, as usual, with various activities focusing on the global youth.
Nigeria was not an exception as educational, informative and entertaining events were put together nationwide by the government and private organizations to celebrate the potentials of youth as partners in today’s global society,
Delivering a lecture at the event organized by the Joyce Daniels Organization in the Okaijesan Palace Hall, Irrua, Esan Central LGA, Edo State, Comr. Obasanmi Jude PHD
Chief Responsibility Officer
Josemaria Escriva Foundation (JOSEF), Ekpoma, opined that the day also amplifies the message that action is needed across all generations to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with no one to be left behind.
He therefore calls for the support of “young people with massive investments in education, health, employment and skills-building.” He commended the move by the Joyce Daniels Organization to “amongst others, Create points of agreement across generations” which includes; “the elderly, the middle aged and the young.”
And this he said has inspired; “a sense of responsibility with clear goals for youths in Esan Central Local Government Council, with focus on Enterprise, Politics and Security. As well as “create avenues for fun and bonding amongst Esan Central Youths, provide business grants for qualifying entrepreneurs.”
He further appealed to the younger persons to effectively tap these rear opportunities put together by the Joyce Daniels Organization. Adding that It is not enough to listen to young people. “We need to integrate them into decision-making mechanisms at the local, national and international levels.”.
He said, “It is interesting to state that, we need to support gender equality and expanded opportunities for young people to participate in civic and political life. A situation were the youths are most times within political arenas seen as thugs, used to snatch ballot boxes, come crime amongst others is most unfortunate. Rather they should be involved in decision making processes and also implementation. By so doing, they can effectively learn and if there are mistakes, they can subsequently be corrected. This is part of the intergenerational solidarity we are talking about.”
“Growing up as a young man I realized that certain behaviours, traditions moved from one generation to the other. Recall that youths are usually called the leaders of tomorrow however this slang has changed to be that youths are the leaders of today. In other words leadership starts now. This therefore infers in a way that there was a yesterday which some persons lead that is now giving room for the youths to lead today. As it is also said, what an elderly man can see sitting, a youth even if he stands on top of the highest mountain cannot see. What this brings to mind is the need for the younger generation to tap from the old.”
“Youth seek to gain the acceptance, attention and affection of others. They seek to master their environment and achieve their goals. Also, they need some level of independence. What this means is that, they need to gain control of one’s destiny, rather than be at the mercy of others. Youth seek to control their world and gain the respect of others. He said.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Youths and Humanitarian Affairs, Chris Nehikhare, disclosed that over five thousand of them were undergoing training in the IT sector that will qualify them to work in Nigeria and earn in foreign currency.
The commissioner who was ably represented by Agbonlahor Billy, Youth Development Officer, thanked the Joyce Daniels Oamen Organization for coming up with this great ideal of celebrating the world youth day and empowerment. He also commend the organization for this and other programs which aims at contributing to the agenda in making Edo Great again.
The commissioner further thanked everyone present for honouring this great occasion and wish them well for all the good contribution they are doing for the state. He prayed God to bless everyone.
Others who made inputs at the event includes Mr. Jonathan Alele Oboite
NNPP House of representatives Candidate, Esan West, Esan Central, Igueben Federal Constituency.
In his goodwill message, he encouraged Youth to always take responsibility in everything and they should always vote irrespective of the candidate of their choice. He also advise youths to be focus and trustworthy in their dealings.
He thanked the Joyce Daniels Oamen Organization for organizing such programme which aims at bringing the youths together and empowering them. He then prayed that God should bless them.
A former Director, Edo State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Emmanuel Ehimare Okodugha, commended The Joyce Daniels Oamen Organization for the program.
While advising Youths to shun all kinds of illegal act that won’t move them and the nation forward, he told them to always put God first in every thing they do because He is the source of their strength.
Earlier in her welcome address, Joyce Daniels Oamen, president of the organization, disclosed that the event gladens her heart while calling on all to put aside status, category, levels and religion and see themselves as brothers and sisters. She further disclosed that she has been in the business of human capital development for about fifteen years now and she is still strong and ready to do more for the people especially the indigents of Esan central LGA.
The event further featured panel of discussion and several good will messages from participants, dignitaries and stakeholders.
Some of the recipients of the cash awards, David Irabor, Chioma, who spoke to Newsmen, at the end of the event, could not hide their joy, while thanking the Joyce Daniels Oamen Organization for the empowerment. They called on other organizations to emulate the kind gesture. And prayed God to bless the organization.
Dignitaries Present at the event include; Representatives of the Nigeria Police Force Irrua Division, Student community, Representatives of Mudiame University Irrua, representatives of the religious community, Youth Groups/Organizations, Traditional institution, Government representatives and host of others.