The Delta State Government (DTSG), through the Ministry of Youth Development, has reassured youths in the state of its commitment to ensuring their positive advancement of.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ms Ngozi Mogbolu, gave the reassurance when she hosted the executives of the Delta State Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in her office in Asaba.
Mogbolu said she called for the meeting to familiarize with the different youth bodies in the council and to be abreast with their needs and possible way forward.
“Ministry of Youth Development is your home and your happiness is paramount to us. I have listened to the chairman, who spoke from his heart without mincing words; his passion for the youths is genuine,” she said.
The PS stated that their request had been noted and that efforts would be made to ensure that the youth exchange programme would be rekindled. She also said the need for youths to be involved in security matters would be looked into.
She commended the youths for their ingenuity and carriage and urged them to continue to be exemplary.
The Director of Youth Mobilisation, Mr Dioru Sheho, encouraged the youths to continue on the path of a well-organised body, adding that the ministry would attend to them whenever the need arose.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chairman of the council, Ambassador Kenneth Okorie, while lauding the PS, spoke on the need to rekindle the youth exchange programme, a forum for youths from the state to interact with those from other states.
Okorie observed that the youths had not been sent on any training to acquire useful knowledge for well over five years. He proposed that youths in the state be brought under one body for effective administration and to checkmate their activities, adding that there was the need to partner with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the war against illicit use of drugs by youths.
He pleaded with the management of the ministry to absorb some of them as adhoc staff and to write formally, informing the local government chairmen of the forthcoming International Youth Day Celebration.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a souvenir to the Permanent Secretary.