CHIEF Sylvanus Nwokobia, the Otonado of Ubutu in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State has reemphasised the importance of youths in any society, stating that their role in the nation building is inestimable.
Speaking with newsmen in his country home at Ubulu-Okiti, Chief Otonado educated the teeming youth on the numerous prospects available in the society.
He maintained that bright prospects await intelligent hardworking individuals both in education and technical apprenticeship, while he tasked to guide their future jealously by shunning social vices.
He stated, “as youths, you should engage in ventures the society will be proud of and which would bring glory to our parents irrespective of the monetary reward. You must not engage in any activity that wouid bring disgrace and reproach to our family and the community”.
Chief Otonado encouraged the youths to embrace God; as that is the only way to actualize one’s ambition. He charged them to shun greed, theft, crime, ritual killing, prostitution, and so on stating that people who fall into hands of fraudulent individuals are greedy people.
The elder statesman lamented the practice of politicians sending their children abroad for quality education, and recruiting other people’s children for thuggery and election malpractice, even as he advised the youths not to be enticed by material things to engage in electoral malpractice.
The Septuagenarian charged parents to groom their children in the fear of the Lord to enable them have solid moral upbringing, adding that when an individual becomes deviant, it is difficult to control because resocialization is more difficult and at times impossible.
Chief Otonado also seized the opportunity to call on government to improve on the infrastructure of the area such as the construction of link roads, Ubulu-Okiti old Health Centre Road, Mother and Child Hospital Road and to create job opportunities the teeming youths. He also appealed to the chiefs in the community sitting allowance as they do not go to their farms or business, rather to the palace to settle matters in the community.