WRITTEN BY EMMANUEL OKONKWO
The United Nations General Assembly On the seventeenth December 1999, in its resolution endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth,
that twelfth August every year should be a day to celebrate young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.
Correspondent, Emmanuel Okonkwo, who sampled people's opinion on the significance of the day tells reports that since the adoption of Security Council Resolution S/RES/2250 in 2015, there is growing recognition that as agents of change, young people’s inclusion in the peace and security agenda in the society, is key to building and sustaining peace and development.
Another Security Council Resolution S/RES/2282 (2016) reaffirms the important role youth can play in deterring and resolving conflicts.
Speaking on the importance of the day, the President Anambra State Association of Town Union, Youths Wing, Mr. Osita Ozalagba, commended the UN Assembly for setting aside such a day to celebrate the youths for their contributions in nation building, noting that there is no future for any society without the youths.
Mr. Ozalagba, while commending Governor Willie Obiano on the youth’s friendliness of his administration through its youths oriented policies and programs with emphasis on numerous job opportunities and restructuring of the agricultural sector which he said has relatively eradicated unemployment amongst the youths of the state, assured him of the unflinching support of the youths come November 18thgovernorship election.
On his part the President General of Eziagulu-otu Aguleri Town Union, and also the National President Anambra State Association of Town Union, ASATU, Chief Alex Onukwue, while comparing today's youths to olden days, said youths of today are hardworking and commitment to duties but need to improve, and warned them against technology abuse, as he noted that many youths focus on social networks and technical appliances than their studies which he noted is detrimental to their future.
Chief Onukwue, called on the federal government to initiate policies and programs that will favour youths more.
For the Vicar of Saint Paul's Anglican Church Umuokpu Awka, Reverend Canon Uchenna Umeifekwem, the youths should see the day as a day for sober reflection as well as a moment for reconsecration and recommitment to God for a fulfilled destiny.
Reverend Canon Umeifekwem, use the opportunity to advice the youths to stay away from violence and any act capable of bringing bloodshed during the forthcoming election in the state, urging them to be agents of peace.