As part of Celebrating the International Youth Day on August 2022 LightHope Succor Worldwide Initiative in Collaboration with Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC-Nigeria) Center and Entrepreneurship Initiative for African Youth on August 12 organized a One Day Capacity Building Workshop for Youths of Odawu Community in Ahoada West Local Government, Rivers State Nigeria on the theme “Intergenerational Solidarity” among Adults and Youths #Creatingaworldforallages. The event was marked with presentations on Non-violence Conflict, Non violent elections and how young people can shun corrupt politicians by not falling victims of their unscrupulous agenda come 2023 but that they should vote right by voting a candidate of their choice.
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The Executive Director of YEAC-Nigeria, Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface defined youth role as key to nation building. He said creating the right platform with gender and social inclusion in focus is a role that is paramount to ensuring inclusive participation in the change process. He talked a lot about the activity of artisanal refinery in the region and it’s negative impact to the environment and health well-being of citizens as a whole. And urges government to take proactive steps to ensure the process of transiting is done right, providing gainful employment or skills training to accommodate young people that have been stripped of a source of livelihood they have grown to know.. This he said will prevent further crimes such as cultism, kidnapping and vandalisation of oil pipelines will be reduced.
Also speak, the Executive Director Lighthope Succor Worldwide Initiative Evelyn Williams while addressing the Youths was apt in letting them know that making the right decision is key to a successful and impactful Future. She said that they should never look down on their root for it for it is the foundation upon which their fulfilment is derived. Rather they should aspire to to be more resourceful and successful than their predecessor.
During the questions and answers session participants asked questions that bothered on their community development especially in the area of Health, WASH and Education. The youth are in date need of skills acquisition training. They said job is scarce.
The climax of the event was a Courtsey visit by the project team to the Local Government Chairman’s office who welcomed us heartily and showed appreciation over the work The Women and Mother’s were not left out of the event. They came in Mass to show solidarity with Advocacy Centre and partners