Regional Youths Summit: Western Nigeria Youths Insist On Restructuring

By Gbenga Adeniyi

Youths of the Western Nigeria have insisted on the pursuance of restructuring of the current federal arrangement which would give birth to a hub for tourism and agricultural competitiveness, an educated workforce, a technologically developed urban centres, a peaceful, secured and a less dependent on oil region.

These were the resolutions in a communiqué after a two-day Regional Youth Summit of the Western Nigeria, with a theme: “PRODUCTIVITY, PROSPERITY AND PEACE held in Osogbo on Wednesday.

According to the youths, from history, the golden era of the region was in the era of regional governments, saying that there should be reversion to a system of federalism based on regionalism.

They affirmed their believe in one united Nigeria based on fairness, equity and strict adherence to the doctrine of federalism, separation of powers and rule of law, saying there was the need to enshrine in the Federal constitution a role for plebiscites or referendums on certain issues of public importance.

The communiqué further noted that youths in the Western region should be encouraged to participate in political governance at both the legislative and executive levels, saying the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ proposal should be properly institutionalised at both federal and state elections.

On security, while condemning the incessant herdsmen attacks on innocent people across the country, they appealed to the federal government to act as a matter of urgency to avert massive reprisal attacks.

They also called for the enactment of anti-open grazing laws throughout the country, while commercially driven ranches be established.

The communiqué further stressed that joint actions would be pursued and sustained on security threats to guarantee the safety of lives, property and prosperity of the people of the region.

On Entrepreneurial Development, the youths advocated that support and policies in Business Development and Entrepreneurial skill Development, as well as Financial Literacy Training should be deployed in states of the region to tackle poor entrepreneurial skills and financial illiteracy.

They also called for the institutionalisation “of legal and regulatory frameworks to harmonise and simplify the regime of taxes and levies, while state governments should make public their services, procedures, cost and redress mechanism to encourage payment of taxes to lessen reliance on federal allocation”.

“The creative economy and informal economy (film, music, fashion, food, photography etc) should be properly structured to stimulate creativity and economic growth.

“Enablers should be put in place so that agriculture value chain can be optimised for youth participation.

On education, they resolved that the ultimate goal of education should essentially be to produce the quintessential Omoluabi, both in content and character, saying, “Our education should bring enlightenment to the human mind; prepare people for the world of work; provide the platform for leadership recruitment and provide the means for character building, especially the development of the Total Man”.

The participants then agreed that the 25-year master plan as conceived by the Governments of the Western Nigeria is a step in the right direction, saying, “to articulate the shared values and aspirations of the Region in a living document and translating such to implementable actions and interventions will definitely make Western Nigeria a most preferred place to live, to work and to invest in the near future”.

Osinbajo, Tinubu, Soyinka, Others Storm Osun For Regional Youth Summit

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo is to open the Western Nigeria Regional Youth Summit on Tuesday, 9th January, 2018 at the WOCDIF center in Osogbo, the capital of the State of Osun.

Others expected includes a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Gen. Alani Akinrinde, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II among other dignitaries.

Briefing journalists at the State Secretariat in Abere, the Commissioner For Regional Integration, Hon. Bola Ilori said the summit is to bring youths across the Western Region together to generate ideas that would take the region to greater heights.

“The summit is to provide platform for the youths of western region, to come together and plan the future of the region. The script will be written by them on how this region will be by 20 years and that is why we call it “West 2040”. So it is to involve the youths in the planning of how the region will be by the year 2040.

“The Genesis of this was that all the Governors of the West met in July 23rd at Abeokuta where they resolved that they should be 25 years master plan for the region.”

Debunking the news that the Summit is politically motivated, Ilori said the Summit has no political undertone, adding that the Summit isn’t about political parties but about the future of the youths and the region.

“There would be no APC or PDP, there would only be the Yoruba Party of Nigeria which everybody is part of by birth. Also the decision of the master plan was taken by both APC and PDP at Abeokuta, it has no political colouration. It is a solution funding summit that we are putting together.”

“We want to build the culture of adding to the society, we want our youths to become productive and to generate ideas. We encourage our youths to come loaded with ideas because there be will official endorsement for their ideas at the Summit.”

Ilori added that the Summit would be tightly secured and that alcohol would not be allowed.

He thereby urged interested youths to register for the Summit via his facebook page.