Appoint vibrant, ICT-savvy youths – NDYM advises Okowa

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By Enaibo Asiayei

The Delta State Chapter of Niger Delta Youth Movement, NDYM, has urged the Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to appoint young, dynamic and ICT-savvy Deltans in his cabinet of second term of office.

The call was made on Friday, May 25 2019 at the inauguration ceremony of the newly-elected state executive of NDYM, at Ifiekporo town, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. 

In his acceptance speech, the newly inaugurated chairman, Comrade Monoyo Edon said that Delta State parades vibrant youths with modern knowledge of governance across all ethnic divides in the state that can serve excellently well in the second administration of Governor Okowa. 

“As this administration winds to an end in a few days, (on May 29, 2019 precisely) we would like to urge Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to appoint young and vibrant technocrats, who truly know their respective trade, to drive his cabinet and agenda. 

“Delta State has enough resources to be the leading light in Nigeria in-terms of infrastructural development, manufacturing, Information and Communication Technology. Delta State should not be among ‘wealthy yet docile states’ run on analogue ideas,” said Edon. 

Comrade Edon frowned at the practice of sacrificing qualitative governance on the altar of political compensation, adding that, “The period of politicking is over. The practice where political gladiators were given sensitive appointments as compensation for their roles during electioneering must be discontinued.”

Further, he added, “Your Excellency, your second tenure should be about qualitative governance as obtainable in Lagos State and other states where technocrats are running government.”

In a separate remark, invited guests and leaders of the group advised the new executive to carry every youth in the five ethnic nationalities along, while maintaining political neutrality.

The honorable member representing Warri South Constituency 1, at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Shola Daibo advised the leadership of the group to eschew tribalism. 

“We should not allow ethnicity and politics change us. Go about your activities with integrity and equity,” Daibo said. 

Comr Joe Jackson, National President; Chief Godspower Odenema, former National President and; Comr. Monday Agbeyi, former State Secretary all of NDYM advised the newly-elected executive not to betray the founding tenets of the group which have united them for almost two decades.

“Bear in mind that you represent not just your ethnic group but also the five oil producing ethnic groups of Delta State. You have the fundamental task of uniting every youth with programmes and empowerment benefits,” said Odenema.

Other members of the newly-elected NDYM Delta State chapter include:

Comr. Ogaga Egbuwoku Isaac, Deputy Chairman; Comr. Marc Onovaye, Secretary; Comr. Tony Ndu, PRO; Comr. Ese Gbenebode, Treaurer; Comr. Sam Ogeleza, Financial Secretary; Comr. Goldpin Alex, Welfare Officer; Comr. Felicia Chukwuma, Women Leader; Comr. Ikuni Ignatus, Organising Secretary; Comr. Eghele Martins, Provost Marshal; Comr. Adjaino Jacobs, Auditor; Comr. Uzeizi O. Ududua Esq, Legal Adviser; Comr. Ebisan Roland Fenemigho, Asst Sec; Comr. Ojo Churchill, Asst. PRO; Comr. Agiri E. Dennis, Asst. Fin. Sec; Comr. Florence Esite, Asst Women Leader; Comr. Romeo Ojumude, Asst Organizing Secretary; Comr. Matthew Ejefia Asst. Welfare Officer.

The NDYM has chapters in the nine states of the Niger Delta with national office in Port Harcourt, and the group was said to be the umbrella body of all Niger Delta youth groups in Nigeria..