The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP)’s candidate for the Boki 2 Cross River State House of Assembly, Honourable Raphael Ekpang has said that come 2023 his party will win Boki 2 State House of Assembly seat.
Hon. Ekpang made this known on Wednesday in a chat with journalists in Abuja.
According to the Ace Journalist, the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Hon. Hilary Bisong who is currently representing the constituency at the state house for his second tenure has done his part and needs to give way for a true representation. And also, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Hon. Walter Nandi-Esom from Buda ward where Chief, Hon. Dr. Jake Otu Enyia has taken their turn between 2007-2015 is there to make up the number of candidates contesting the position in 2023.
He stated that Hon. Bisong’s representation has not been felt in the constituency not even his immediate community as such he needs to give way since he is going to complete his second term in 2023. While, Hon. Nandi-Esom knew that it is not the turn of Buda ward.
The former Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) FCT Correspondents Chapel noted that among the six wards in Boki 2 State Constituency, Buda, Oku/Borum/Njua and Ekpashi wards have taken their turn left Ugep, Kawkagom/Bawop and Bunyia/Okubuchi ward which off course he is the only candidate standing for the contest among the three wards that are imminently qualify for the position come 2023.
However, Hon. Ekpang insisted that his penchant in giving voice to the voiceless, standing for others and using sports to empowering the youths will definitely give him an edge over the other candidates whose missions are yet unknown to the people of Boki 2.
“I am confident that by God’s grace come 2023 March NNPP will win the seat to represent the people of Boki 2 in the Cross River State House of Assembly.
“Our people deserve the best in terms of representation in the state house, and that is why I am going there to do just that. We have youths with different gifts (talents) and all they need is who will help harness their gifts and make them who they really want to be in future.
“With my almost two decades in sports journalism, I believe i can use my contacts both local and international to empower my constituents when I get to Calabar in 2023,” he said.
Niger Delta Youth Council Facilitates with Nigerians on the Occasion of World Youth Day
…reflects on the state of the nation
…calls for youth friendly policies
The Niger Delta Youth Council (NDYC), a pressure group devoted to youth empowerment and development in the Niger Delta has facilitated with the federal government and Nigerian youths as the world marks International Youth Day, a day set aside to celebrate youths all over the world and reflect on the challenges they face and ways to surmount them.
In a press release made available to journalists in Abuja by the National Coordinator, Engr. Jator Abido, the group expressed optimism that this year’s World Youth Day will avail Nigerian youths and government and avenue to brainstorm and find lasting solutions bedeviling the Nigerian youth especially in the area of unemployment and perennial insecurity that has hindered economic activities in many parts of the country.
“Today is an important date sets aside to celebrate International Youth Day. The importance of this annual celebration according to the United Nation (UN) is to among other things raise voices against any injustice or discrimination and deprivation around the globe against the youth. We as a pressure group want to use this opportunity to call attention to the alarming rate of unemployment which has risen to 35% in the third quarter of 2022 as well as insecurity which has brought to a halt economic activities in most parts of the country. It is our hope that government will act fast to end insecurity and reverse the ugly trend of unemployment in the country”, the statement noted.
The lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the group noted has far reaching implications on the future of Nigerian youths and if nothing is done about it, will endanger the mental and social capacity of youth, predisposing them to social crimes and agents of destabilization in the forth coming general elections
“The implication of this unwarranted strike is that for the past six months and counting, Nigerian youths have been idling away at home and the federal government has not considered the damage such failures portend. Not just that future leaders of Nigeria are idle but an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. Criminal elements within the ruling class will quickly recruit and turn them to agents of destruction and crime as the 2023 general elections draw near. This must not be allowed to happen. The federal government must act fast to reverse this ticking time bomb from exploding” the statement urged.
The CSO equally charged the federal government to come out with policies that will encourage the participation of Nigerian youths in the downstream oil sector especially by actively using local artisans in line with local content policy of the federal government insisting that Nigerian youths especially those in the Niger Delta region have what it takes to actively transform the oil sector and end the sad phenomenon of exporting crude and importing refined products which is almost crumbling the economy.
“We are once again calling on the federal government on this occasion of International Youth Day to as a matter of national importance formulate policies which will make the local content law a more practical reality. Our youths are well skilled in oil exploration and even refining. Granting licenses to local artisans and modifying their technology will end the uneconomical policy of importing refined petroleum products at exorbitant rates at the expense of the naira. Such steps will also put an end to youth restiveness in the country and stimulate economic growth”, the statement added.
On the need to inaugurate the Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) Board, the CSO noted, it is long overdue and the federal government must use this occasion of the International Youth Day to respond to the yearnings of youths in the Niger Delta who are the first beneficiaries and sufferers of both good and bad policy choices in the region, arguing that, NDDC can not continue to run without a substantive Board.
“Mr. President Sir, we are calling on you to use your good office and cause the inauguration of the NDDC Board which was duly constituted but has since not being inaugurated because of the activities of saboteurs. This is not only unconstitutional but a slap on the faces of law abiding Niger Deltans who are looking forward to development massive in the region. Without a Board, corruption is rife in the Commission and the people who are supposed to be served are suffering because of the greed of a few politicians. If nothing is done to bring an end to this impunity, we’ll have no choice but to take up arms and fight for our rights”, the statement concluded.
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