Appointment of elders as youth leaders sparks off protest By Gid Ahanonu

The position of youth leaders in some communities in Imo State has allegedly been given to people aged 70 years and some youth leaders have cried foul.

Interacting with some journalists last week, the secretary of the Imo State Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), Barr Oluchukwu Nnabugwu, called on Governor Rochas Okorocha to immediately step into the matter to avoid what he termed “youth ostracism”.

He argued that such a situation has led to youths agitation and he counseled government to “prevent this problem than waiting to solve it when it escalates”.

Barr Nnabugwu further alleged that without conducting elections that some traditional rulers and community leaders have already embarked on “bedroom selections” of officers to serve in the CGC warning that such could tear the communities apart if not stopped by government.

While commending Governor Okorocha for initiating the 4th tier government, he also hailed the Imo House of Assembly for speedily passing the enabling bill but called for making copies of the law available to the public.

According to him, this would help to remove any ambiguity associated with the composition of the council and other issues relating to the new set-up, as some people are still not properly informed on the details.


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