By Obinna Nwachukwu
Youth bodies are working out strategies to propel young people to speak out and also capture democratic power in Rivers State and beyond. The first step to this comes as an empowerment semnar to work out how to go about the great task through a town Hall Meeting.
Thus, the first Town Hall Meeting organized by the Queen Ogbanga-led CAMB organizer under the Youth inclusive Advocacy growth Advancement (YIAGA) with support from Ford Foundation took place in Port Harcourt this weekend Yennov Hotel on Aeroplane Drive, off Senator Sekibo George Street near Peter Odili Road.
Stakeholders and leaders from various agencies came to present talks and were eagerly pressed for answers by the youths.
The organizer of Campaign Advocacy Movement Building (CAMB), Ogbango, said it was on promoting youth participaption and inclusive governance for development. She said there is a lot the young people could do to take over power including marching to power points to demand answers and also supporting each other to win elections, starting from the ward level.
A youth who is gunning for House of Reps on the ticket of ADC(African Democratic Congress), Barr Rex Idaminabo, said most of the things the older politicians found difficult to execute were easy for him. He said he had worked in the National Assembly as a lawyer preparing briefs for lawmakers and that he knew all the tricks for success. He gave a formula for giving jobs to the youth on massive scale.
Zilly Joseph Elemsom, the protocol officer who represented the Rivers State Independent National Election Commision (INEC), Obo Effanga, said INEC was never the cause of electoral violence but the youths that accept to be used by older politicians for peanuts. She said all electoral materials ought to be present before accreditation would start.
She gave breakdown of the election processes on voting day and urged the youths to gun for power instead of gunning people down for others.
The police representative, Nnamdi Omoni, said the police in Rivers state was prepared to support all contestants under free and fair atmosphere. He said any police officer doing anthing to the contrary should be reported for immediate action.