The Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr Oghenekaro Ilolo, has called on the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), to carry out a proper audit of all voluntary organizations in the State to identify the real ones.
Mr Ilolo made the call when the Executive members of the NYCN, Delta State Chapter, paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Asaba.
Mr Ilolo stated that for a proper audit of voluntary organizations in the State, the Delta State Government needed visible, tangible partnership and collaboration of the NYCN.
According to him, proper audit would not be business as usual as the State Government was committed to paying subventions to genuine voluntary organization to empower them for their duty.
Mr Ilolo urged the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Delta State Chapter, to work closely with the Directorate and look for a common goal to achieve their aim of promoting the welfare of youths in the State.
“NYCN is the catalyst with which every youth organization must identify with henceforth every youth body must be anchored by NYCN,” he said.
The Youth Commissioner appealed to NYCN to put aside all litigations and chart a common course to promote youths in the State, even as he urged the leadership of the body to operate an open door policy.
Mr Ilolo revealed that the State Government had plan for training of selected voluntary organisations in the three senatorial districts of the State this year.
The Commissioner, who used the occasion to equally call on women to participate actively in youth activities in the State, said stated that he was happy to see women participate in activities that promoted the welfare of youths.
He said that more women should endeavour to join youth organizations and politics, be involved in programmes that promote the girl child and women empowerment.
Women, he observed, formed the substantial part of the society and were more coordinated, even as he charged them to come out en mass, be pro-active and participate actively in youth activities in the State.
Responding, the Chairman, NYCN, Delta State Chapter, Comrade Kenneth Okorie thanked the Delta State Government for giving the body a youth as its Commissioner, even as he promised to cooperate with the Commissioner to ensure that voluntary youth organizations in the State were well coordinated.
Comrade Okorie appealed to the Commissioner to assist the youth with the release of 32 seater buses provided for the youth by the immediate passed administration of Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Highpoint of the visit was an observance of a minute silence for the pioneer NYCN Chairman, Chief Kahli Ofomukoro who passed away recently.