By Ken Gbados.
The reigning Miss Comely Queen-North East; Miss Simi Pam has tasked youths with peaceful elections in 2023 noting that the role of the youths in peaceful elections cannot be over-emphasized.
Queen Pam, who made this call in Abuja on Thursday on the sidelines of the Human Rights Writers Association’s 15th-anniversary celebration revealed that youths are one of the greatest assets that any nation can have.
“Not only are they legitimately regarded as the future leaders, but they are also potential and the greatest investment for a country’s development. The extent of their vitality, responsible conduct, and roles in society is positively correlated with the development of their country”, Miss Simi explained.
speaking to journalists at the event, which was held at the National Merit Award, Maitama in recognition of the theme: ‘How Hard Drugs Fuel Election Violence in Nigeria’, Simi Pam charged all youths to peacefully participate in the forthcoming general elections. “The youths should at this time resolve to stand firmly for violence-free elections”.
Additionally, she advised the youths to portray themselves accordingly and should steer from being used as pawns and devices in activities that may be detrimental to the unity and security of the Nation.
Queen Simi Pam further informed that she is planning some advocacy visits and activities specifically designed to campaign for massive participation of youths in evolving a greater and better Nigeria devoid of violence and political crises.
According to her, it is geared toward seeing Nigeria in the nearest future with empowered youths campaigning and maintaining peace in all parts of Nigeria through expanding our understanding of cultural diversity.
Speaking on the theme of the event, the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA); Brig-Gen Mohammed Marwa (rtd), represented by Secretary; Shadrach Haruna, reiterated that the organization was working towards peaceful 2023 elections and ridding Nigeria of illicit substances.
“For us as a nation, the election period is filled with anxiety because of its attendant cycle of violence and social upheaval, often caused by unscrupulous politicians, who in their do-or-die effort to capture power, resort to underhand tactics, including arming thugs to disrupt the electoral process.
“Not only do such behaviors disenfranchise others and prevent them from exercising their civic duty, they, inevitably, jeopardize peace and security in the society,” he said.
In his remarks, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Narcotics Drugs, Francis Agbo, backed the call by the NDLEA for politicians and public office-holders to undergo drug integrity tests before assuming duties.
Agbo, from Benue State, represents the Ado/Ogbadigbo/Okpokwu Federal constituency in the 9th Assembly disclosed that a bill for a holistic amendment of the NDLEA Act shall be passed into law before the expiration of the present administration.
Earlier, while welcoming guests at the event, HURIWA National Coordinator; Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, noted that the first stage of education, preceded by pre-school or nursery education, remains the foundation of every great nation.
He said primary education gives children opportunities to develop their manipulative skills for effectiveness in society.
“Nigeria as a nation requires adequate human and material resources to improve its social preserves and cultures, enhance economic development and reform the political structure. Therefore, education is seen as a prerequisite for quality manpower development and the creation of wealth, a sure path to success in life and service to humanity.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that education is very vital to the pace of social, political, and economic development of any nation. Education is a key investment in any nation with enormous social and economic benefits accruing from it.
“This explains why one of the national education goals is the acquisition of appropriate skills and the development of mental, physical, and social abilities and competencies as equipment for the individual to live and contribute to the development of the society (FRN, 2012),” Onwubiko observed.