We are compelled in the collective interest of peace and harmony, as the Board of Ikorodu Division Youth Movement Initiative to clarify and respond to the controversy ranging on whether ikorodu Division Youth Movement is the Apex body of youth gropus in Ikorodu or not. First of all we dissociate IDYMI from this statement credited to one of our member.
According to the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the National Youth Council of Nigeria is the only recognized youth group among other youth organizations in Nigeria. However, it should be stated for records purpose that, among many interpretations, the IDYMI has his own legal entity which confers autonomy on it. It is a youth organisation registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as an independent non-governmental, non-partisan youth organisation. By implications, IDYMI can operate under the auspices of the NYCN and at the same time, chose to act independently, if it has a stronger discretion on a matter. The reason is clear, it has a legal status, which grant it the status to sue and be sued.
Noting that the statement credited to Samson Bisiriyu is unnecessary and uncalled for, it is clearly not a general opinion of IDYMI, its boards or any of its directorates. The truth however is that some youth stakeholders should also stand down or avoid retelling issues that is not only less relevant to youth development, but dangerously exacerbate the already overache collective action dilemma of the division.
The collective interest of lkorodu division should be our utmost priority and that is what IDYMI is committed and working towards.
As a strong youth organisation, IDYMI has a strong internal mechanisms and will deal with the issue appropriately.
Finally, we reiterate that, IDYMI is not in competition with any groups, especially the NYCN, but rather we are open to collaboration and team spirit that promote collective interest of youths in Ikorodu division and at the state level.
While appealing to all and sundary for the mistake, we use this medium to thank the Lagos state Government, and all our elected public office holders (Hon. JB, Hon. SOB, Hon. Sholaja, DG. Bolowotan, All Chairmen of the 6LCDA and IKODAS for the stimulus package shared to the vulnerables, aged and the needy in the light of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Abiodun Fatai-Abatan (Board Chairman)
For: IDYMI Board.