.Kwara State Yowican Celebrates Christian Youths on International Youth Day*

This year’s theme, “Empowering Youth: Access to Healthcare, Education, Participation, and Employment,” underscores the significance of upholding youth rights in various domains.

I want to celebrate and appreciate all the Christian Youths in the State, for your sacrifices, commitment, dedication to God’s work and maintaining peace and orderliness in State. To let you know that we have great confidence in you we see you as not just ordinary young men and young women.

God loves you as He loves each and every one of His children, and His desire and purpose and glory is to have you return to Him pure and undefiled, having proven yourselves worthy of an eternity of joy in His presence. Your Father in heaven is mindful of you.

Remember, Satan is also mindful of you. He is committed to your destruction. He does not discipline you with commandments, but offers instead a freedom to “do your own thing”—the freedom to smoke, to drink, to engage in fornication, to do internet fraud, to misuse drugs or rebel against the counsel and commandments of God and His servants. Satan knows that you are young, at the peak of physical vigor, excited by the world, and consumed by new emotions.

I pray that you—the young and rising generation—will keep your bodies and minds clean, free from the contaminations of the world, that you will be fit and pure vessels of the kingdom of God, triumphant in preparation for the second coming of our Savior. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

In this light, it is imperative to urge and implore our esteemed leaders to institute policies and initiatives that will positively impact the youth demography. We beseech them to be resolute in providing essential amenities and a nurturing atmosphere for their growth.

Undeniably, the youth represent the foundation of our future, and fostering their development today is pivotal for a prosperous tomorrow. A paramount aspect of this endeavor is the commitment to an efficient healthcare system and equitable access to quality education.

Moreover, the bedrock of sustained progress rests on the pillars of employment generation and unwavering support for innovative ventures. We implore the State Government to direct its attention to the creation of employment opportunities, and to foster an ecosystem conducive to nurturing inventive ideas.

It is important that the State Government extends its benevolent interventions to encompass the youth demography, particularly in the context of palliatives and social welfare programs. The youth, bearing the brunt of the Fuel Subsidy removal due to their substantial numbers, warrant special attention to alleviate their predicaments.

Extending our gratitude to the Governor for demonstrating youth inclusivity and gender sensitivity within his administration, as the Governor holds the dual distinction of being the leader of our State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), we earnestly request for the inclusion of Christian youths in appointments and State functions.

This occasion also offers an occasion to acknowledge the profound contributions of young men and women in our State. Their groundbreaking ideas and transformative solutions stand as a testament to their prowess in tackling global challenges.

The youth of today are fervently committed to fostering sustainable development. As stakeholders in the progress of Kwara State, their aspirations align seamlessly with the broader objectives of a thriving society.

In conclusion, the advancement of our youth should be regarded as a primary concern, entailing a comprehensive approach encompassing healthcare, education, employment, and social support.

As we celebrate International Youth Day, let us remember that our youth are not merely beneficiaries, but active participants in shaping a brighter future for Kwara State and the Country at large.


Stephen A. Awoyale
Chairman, Kwara State Youth CAN

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