By: Alfred Saiki
After 15 years, the Plateau State Youth Council (PYC) today, the 29th of August, 2018, held its General Assembly.
The General Assembly, which had as its theme as: “Safe spaces for youths”, was attended by delegates from the 17 local government areas in the state and members of the Larger House at the Azi Nyako Youth Center in Jos the Plateau state capital.
A delighted PYC Chairman, Dr. Fabong Jemchang Yildam in his welcome address, described the General Assembly of the Council as the highest decision making body of the Youth Council and was happy that after 15 years, the council is able to hold a General Assembly.
In a modest manner, Dr. Fabong, said holding the General Assembly is just the starting point for the Council.
“The Youth Council is not about making noise and holding this General Assembly after 15 years, goes a long way to show our determination to succeed. Let me say it here that this is the starting point for us, we intend to create and handover a viable council to the generations to come”, Dr. Fabong stated.
The Director General of Plateau Peace Building Agency, Joseph Lengmang, who was the keynote speaker, commended the leadership of the PYC for putting together the General Assembly and said he was proud to identify with their success.
Speaking on the theme: “Safe spaces for youths”, Joseph Lengmang, decided to expand the theme to include, “Safe spaces for youths: Building bridges of peace in a deeply divided society”, he challenged the youths that the future belongs to them but they must start today.
“We must agree that the future belongs to us and we must start today. How we behave affects us. Our lives are inexplicably connected to one another that is why the concept of, “Building bridges of peace in a deeply divided society” cannot be over emphasized”.
“The fragmentation of the human race and people has never been this wide. As a result of the fragmentation our future has become bleaker. We have replaced rationality with ethnic, religious and political divides and become suspicious of one another and resentment has increased”.
He went further to describe safe spaces for youths as absence of trauma, absence of excess and abuse. Such spaces according to him can also be physical. Creating safe spaces he alluded will deal with hate, resentment and distrust amongst youths.
The Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Victor Lapang, apologized for the absence of the governor, but assured the youth council of governments support.
There were goodwill messages from the DG PLASMEDA, DG ITF, Director NOA, DG NIMC and the Chairman of the Larger House.