Mr. Onyekachi Omeje, the President General of the Nsukka Youths Association (NYA) has disclosed that the association has put measures in place to champion campaigns against drug abuse and other social vices among the youths.
He said this on Wednesday during the association’s Town Hall Meeting, tagged “Interface with House of Assembly Contestants in Nsukka West State Constituency of Enugu State constituency.”
NYA is an umbrella body of youths groups from the nine autonomous communities that made up Nsukka Town, in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State
The President said that the association would re-orient and sensitise youths in the area in order to revive their moral, ethical and cultural value.”Our campaign will help to discourage youths from taking hard drugs, kidnapping, internet fraud, and other forms of criminalities.
“We will make youths understand that there is a reward in hard work than taking to crimes that will damage their future,” he said.Omeje said that the essence of the interface with the candidates was to know their manifestoes and what they would do for Nsukka people if elected in 2023.
“We invited all the seven candidates contesting for the Nsukka West state Constituency to have a one-on-one discussion with them to enable us to know the candidate who has a better plan for the constituency if elected.
“We are happy that they respond positively to our invitation, and we made them understand that they should always have Nsukka first in their agendas.
“We advise them to resist any attempt to allow the contest to damage or destroy the bond of brotherhood among them as Nsukka people,” he said.
The president, however, urged the contestants to avoid using youths in the area for any form of political thuggery now, during, and after the election.
“The association will not be happy if any of the candidates involves any Nsukka youth in any form of election violence and thuggery,” he said.
The candidates in their separate presentations thanked the association for allowing them to tell the people about their manifesto as well as what they will do for the people if elected in the forthcoming election.
Speaking, Hon Uchenna Ugwuanyi, candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) while promising the association quality representation said that if elected he will ensure a bill on agriculture and youth employment, as well as use his connection to attract other democracy dividends.
“From my findings, poor funding for agriculture and unemployment in the country is the leading factors responsible for insecurity in the country.
“If there is an adequate investment for agriculture and massive employment, especially for youths, I do not doubt that insecurity in the country will be thing of the past,” he said.The APGA candidate, however, appealed to the electoral empire to ensure a level playing ground for all political parties to ensure a free, fair and credible election,” he said.
Other house of assembly candidates present during the interface include; Hon Amos Agbo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, represented by Mr. Ezechinedu Celestine, his campaign director, Hon Peter Ugwu, candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), among others.