THERE has been an increased recognition of the role of the youth in national and global affairs in recent times.
IT was against this backdrop that the United Nations declared August 12 as the International Youth day beginning in the year 2000. The day is celebrated annually to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community. In celebrating the day, the potentials of the youth are showcased and the youth are encouraged to play important roles in the development of the society.
IN Benue State, government has taken a bold step toward mainstreaming youth affairs through a bill, which is in the works, for the establishment of the Benue Youths Development Commission.
THERE is no doubt that the bill, once passed by the legislators, will expeditiously be signed by Governor Samuel Ortom, thus giving the youth an opportunity to develop themselves as well as play an important role in the development of the state.
APART from increased employment opportunities derivable from a commission, it helps to give the target beneficiary the task of meaningful and inspiring service to fast track development. Therefore, the thought of a Youth Development Commission by the Benue State Government is commendable.
WITH the rising influence of youths on the international stage in different socio-cultural and economic endeavours, the Benue youth need not relax because of the promised Youth Development Commission. They should prepare for a challenging era when the assumption of youth restiveness, indolence and brigandage would be proven wrong with their exemplary character.
WHILE Benue youths have underscored their great value with sterling performances at different occasions within and outside Nigeria, this appears to be undermined by the indulgence of a growing number of the youths in crime, violence and other condemnable activities. They are now therefore expected to play a greater role in development of Benue and Nigeria at large.