By Chikaodili Obinwa
Awka, March 11, 2021 (MOI) The Coalition of Anambra Youth Leaders (CAYL) on March 10, finally resolved the disagreement that led to a protest against the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Prof Obiekezie Theresa Nkechi on March 2.
The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Anambra chapter, had protested on March 2 at Government House, accusing the commissioner of highhandedness, poor communication, and inaccessibility.
They also accused her of withholding the release of subvention due to them since 2020.
The CAYL activated its intervention protocol through a weeklong peace and reconciliation process comprising Consultative Meetings, Retreat at Onitsha and Series of high powered meetings with members of NYCN and the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy.
They said that processes were adopted to ascertain the facts of the matter and take appropriate actions aimed at arresting a breakdown of law and order; and facilitating mutual relationship among the concerned parties.
“The Communiqué Drafting Chairman of CAYL, Mr Ifeanyi Aniagoh and Mr Nwabufo Nwankwo, the CAYL Leader of Anambra State said at Joint Session that the protest staged by the NYCN, Anambra State against the commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy on March 2, at the Government House, Awka was `regrettable’.
“That such protests should be avoided, especially when all channels of conflict resolution have not been effectively exhausted.
“That NYCN Anambra State has stopped further moves to escalate the situation and rather commence a new era of good and healthy working relationship with the Youth Ministry.
“That NYCN remains the apex youth body in Anambra State through which aspirations, goals and interests of all Anambra Youths and other youth organisations shall be achieved and protected.
“That the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy has forgiven the ill-advised actions of NYCN and like a good mother, shall look into solving the challenges/requests of NYCN and allow lasting healthy working relationship with NYCN Anambra State at all levels and times.
It also resolved that CAYL would not allow anyone in whatever capacity to alter a safe and peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed in Anambra.
It added that any attempt to use Anambra Youths or any youth organisation to cause disaffection or disharmony within the state would be resisted.
“That CAYL shall continue to encourage and support the youth commissioner in all her good works, imploring her not to be deterred from the discharge of her duties.
“That CAYL as the advisory body for Anambra Youths shall continue to promote harmonious coexistence of youth organisations in Anambra and will always offer support to the Government of Anambra State especially now that Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration has allowed 85 per cent youth participation in his administration.’’
The commissioner said at the meeting that the protest against her was based on a false premise because they tried to tarnish her image.
The meeting had in attendance the Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy Commissioner, Prof. Obiekezie, the Permanent Secretary Mrs Louisa Ezeanya, Coalition Youth Leader of Anambra Mr Nwankwo and Mr Samuel Egwuatu, Chairman, NYCN Anambra State. Others are Mr Ossy Onuko, Convener CAYL and Mr Aniagoh, the Communiqué Drafting Chairman, CAYL and other members of the council. (MOI)