Extremely worried over the current discouraging state of the nation and the prevailing situation of the Nigerian youths in relation to the gloomy future they face, the National Youths Coalition held series of extensive virtual deliberations on 20th, 23rd, 28th, 29th and 30th December, 2020, under its President, Aare Barr. Oladotun Hassan Esq. who doubles as the Global President, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide (YCYW) and Chairman, Coalition of Southern Groups (CSG).
The sessions with participants from the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Coalition of Southern Groups(CSG), Arewa Youth Council, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Ohaneze Youth Council Worldwide, National Youth Council of Nigeria, North East Development Youth Initiative, and National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), drew far reaching inferences and arrived at the following key decisions:
APPROVED GUIDING PRINCIPLES
- The NYC shall for all intents and purposes remain apolitical and solely aimed to build stronger national consensus on all issues of mutual and urgent national importance.
- The NYC with the slogan, “Nation building is our collective responsibility” shall at all times endeavour to encourage the quest for solid delivery of dividends of democracy on economic growths and political stability in Nigeria viz unity, peace, restructuring, succinct constitutionalism, national security, robust development and cohesion among the Nigerian youths who are the legitimate claimants to shaping the country’s today and future.
- Emphasized the need for collectivism over regionalism or ethnic considerations in dealing with the common hydra headed challenges of insecurity, human rights violations, corruption, divisiveness, nepotism and poor governance.
The sessions frowned at the general decay in the nation’s educational sector, characterized by closure of institutions as a result of intermittent industrial actions and other avoidable situations, consequently NYC unanimously agreed to endorse:
- Submission of three draft Executive Bills through the Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Mr. Sunday Dare to President Muhammadu Buhari, and another via Memoranda to the joint Committees on the 1999 Constitutional review seeking among other things:
a. Education Rights Laws to allocate not less 25% budgetary allocation to the education sector.
- Promotion of the compulsory teaching and learning of History, Anti-Corruption and Code of Conduct Studies.
- Inclusion of Moral Instruction and National Security Studies, introduction of various indigenous languages and culture in our educational curriculums at all levels.
b. Establishment law on the National Youth Development Commission and enactment of the National Youth Right Laws as grundnum laws of the federation, once the new constitution is passed.
i. The Commission shall aim to establish a National Youth Data Base, through issuance of National Youth Identification Cards for adolescents and youths within the ages of 12 to 45 years.
ii. Seek the compulsory allotment of 10% monthly remittance from the Federation Accounts, 5% Telecommunications Tariff Charges from all the telecommunications companies operating in Nigeria and 5% Oil and Gas Sales Charges from NNPC, NLNG and other private multinational firms to be deposited into the National Youth Trust Fund, alongside the recent 75 Billion Presidential Youth Investment Funds and all other Youth related funds and projects.
iii. Target all Nigerian youths irrespective of ethnicity, social status or area of domicility through the establishment of a National Youth Micro Finance Banks scheme with branches spread in all parts of the 36 States and FCT/774 Local Government Areas.
The meeting was agitated that Nigeria is today unable to provide fundamental societal requirements and basic services to its citizens such as security, justice, governance, human rights, health, education, housing, welfare, and employment.
NYC noted that no nation would hope to prosper and progress when the bulk of its citizens are poor, sick and having to live unsecured lives.
In this regard, NYC resolved on the following key proposed:
- To demand from the Federal Government a declaration of state of emergency on the security sector, particularly in the North and other parts of the South.
- Impress the need to build a virile community joint security task force and policing strategy via the establishment of a National Joint Regional Security Network Commission, with laid down laws and regulatory guidelines by the Federal Government.
a. This shall provide Nigerians the opportunity for concerted intelligence and information sharing, as well as maximization of the benefits of information technology in security management, while proposing a special intervention Funds named: National Joint Regional Security Trust Funds, which shall ensure the provisions of adequate infrastructures, gadgets & equipments, while soliciting unalloyed moral supports from the Federal, States and Local Governments concurrently, these strategic pragmatic measures shall work closely with the Nigeria Police and other security agencies.
- Need for an urgent cross regional cooperation in order to collectively work together with the North and other Southern regions to aggressively combat the rising terrorist threats and banditry in the country.
We specifically reiterate our demands for the urgent mapping out of the forest density areas in the North viz-a-viz Sambisa, Kamuku, Damari and Felgore forests in the North, while same should be replicated in the Southern parts like: Ijebu Ode, Ibadan, Kishi, Ibarapa, Benin Ore, Ondo Owoh, Enugu and other strategic locations, through the construction of Milliary Camps, NSJTF Base and, conversion of the forest creeks into Agricultural Reserved Areas, massive construction of accessible roads to access the local areas strategically linking up those villages that are located in the rural communities to the hinterlands, through grade ‘A’ trunk roads and other adjacent feeder roads to mention a few.
- Insist on demands for the total revamp and overhaul of the nation’s security institutions, especially the need to change the service chiefs after fulfilling their statutory and mandatory tenures of service.
The meeting unanimously ratified the list of officials of the NYC National Coordinating Council (NCC) presented by the President as follows:
• Aare Barr. Oladotun Hassan
• Barr. Pereotubo Roland Oweilaemi
Vice President, South South Zone
• Comrade Dotun Omoleye,
Vice President, South West Zone.
• Mazi Alex Okemiri
Vice President, South East Zone.
• Comrade Mohammed A Mohammed
Vice President, North Central Zone.
• Comrade Dauda Mohammed Gombe
Vice President, North East Zone.
• Comrade Muhammadu Mujtaba,
Vice President, North West Zone.
• Comrade Dogo Shagari,
• Alh. Abdulaziz Sulaiman
• Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro,
• Amb. Margaret Oyinkansola Ajibola,
Chief of Staff/Director of Administration
• Comrade Usman Abdullahi,
Chief Press Secretary.
• Com. Sunday Asefon
Director of Student Affairs
• Amb. Michael Adenaike
Director of IT/Data Management
• Amb. Danlami Ibrahim Jada,
Director of Protocol.
• Amb. Ajibode Abdulkabir Olawale,
Assistant Secretary General.
• Comrade Gbadamosi Olajide Rasheed,
Deputy Chief of Staff.
• Comrade Samuel Adegbola,
Personal Assistant to the President.
The Nigerian Youth Coalition emphasis is exclusively centered on instilling the spirit of virtuousnes, integrity and collectivism towards attaining unity and National development.