The students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife have petitioned the Federal Government of Nigeria over the inclusion of youth in federal parastatals and agencies.
The students under the aegis of the Radiant Justice Chambers, Faculty of Law, in their petition, called on the government to appoint 25 percent of youth in agencies and boards.
The petition was signed by the three thousand delegates at end of the International Youth Leadership Summit held at the Oduduwa Hall of the institution last weekend.
The event had in attendance several young leaders like popular online sensation, Apaokagi Maryam Taaooma, Faruq Abbas, Chidi Nwaogu, Caleb Adebayo and Emmanuel Otori.
The Keynote speaker, Faruq Abbas, said youths no longer have integrity, adding that life is about the core values of integrity, honesty, and hardwork.
He noted that no system can be built in the absence of integrity. Abbas also advised youths to be careful of their close friends and have a strong conviction in your laid down plans.
He commended the organizers of the summit, stressing that the participants must ensure that they put into practice what they learned at the summit.
The Lord Advocate of Radiant Justice, Abass Oyeyemi while addressing newsmen, said, “As youths, we are charged with the responsibility of promoting responsible leadership.
“We are definitely not laying claim to leadership by virtue of our age but as a result of our proactiveness, innovative strides, foresight and hindsight.”
“Much appreciation goes to our sponsors, CEO of Cantagali Limited, Tosin Ashafa and Kayode Adegbola for bringing his companies, Golborne Road Advisory and Legacy Serviced Offices to support this cause.
“We also appreciate Fanmilk Nigeria through its Company Secretary, Olukunle Olusanya for a great partnership. Ms. Rinsola Abiola and Mr. Olutola Bella for giving their nod to the summit with their sponsorship.”
Speaking with our correspondent, one of the participants who also signed the petition, Seun Ogunyemi told this newspaper that the gathering helps youth to determine the appropriate step for leadership.
He said: “I appreciate the organizers of the event and I do hope that the Federal government will abide by the demands of youth.”