……….. Almustapha Asuku appointed caretaker President
The management committee of the National Youth Council of Nigeria has appointed Almustapha Asuku and 23 others as caretaker committee, to lead the affairs of the NYCN for the next two years.
The appointment which was made at an extra Ordinary Congress of the council, is coming barely two weeks after the former Sports Minister recognised another team as the rightful leadership.
The extra ordinary congress made up of the management committee – Board of Trustees, critical stakeholders, Voluntary Youth Organization (VYO) and state Chairmen of NYCN met and elected the new set of executive.
The board of trustees Chairman NYCN Ambassador Dickson Akoh who presided over the congress, reminded delegates that the extra ordinary Congress was necessitated in view of the court ruling that voided the Gombe Congress and any other parallel congresses held.
He described as a show of shame, a recent exercise by some aggrieved young Nigerian who engaged in self-declaration as president and NEC members in Abuja.
He added that the action of the group also led to the need for the Extra Ordinary Congress.
The Congress also, amongst other things, resolved: to investigate the encroachment of the piece of land given for Youth Village by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
It also empowered the BoT to recover all assets and property of the Council; to amend the 2012 constitution of the Council; to sanction anyone impersonating officials or any organ of the Council; to liaise with the Ministry of Youth, to review the recently launched National Youths Policy Document, which the Council was not duly consulted.
NAN report that the Council has gone back and forth with its leadership crisis: First it was a threat to pass a no-confidence vote on the President Bello Shagari by the NEC in March.
Barely two months later, the NEC retracted and passed a vote of confidence on him. Two weeks after that, the BoT disbanded all executives of the Council, following a court ruling which had been subsisting for several months.
Few days after the disbandment, the former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, also citing court orders, recognized Sara-Igbe Sokunbo, from the also disbanded Port Harcourt convention as the rightful president.
Also, former leader of the Council, Comrade Ikenga Ugochinyere appointed former aspirant at the Gombe Congress, Oladele Nihi, from Kogi state as national president two weeks ago.
Two weeks after that and one week after the hand-over of the minister, the council has yet held another congress and elected new executives.
Speaking during the newly held congress, Akoh said that there were representatives from the sports ministry, BoT members, VYOs as well as state chairmen of the council.
He warned all desperate members to desist from impersonating as an executive member of the council, stressing that legal action shall be taken against any culprit.
“I want to make this abundantly clear. Any organization that is registered with the CAC, the only people recognized by law or Company Allied Matter Act, are the Incorporated Trustees.
“Thus, nobody can meet legally to take critical decision about the National Youth Council of Nigeria, without the knowledge of the Incorporated Trustees.
“Of course, the NEC has its own powers, the state chairmen also have their own powers, the Advisory Council can also meet and exercise its powers. But when it has to do with critical decision or teething issues affecting the Council, no stranger is permitted to meet anywhere and take decision on behalf of the Council.
“It is in this regard, that we have decided that we are not going to tow the part of what others are doing, but to invite all the stakeholders here, with the view to resolving the crises that are bedeviling the Youth Council.
“Presently, for the first time in the history of the Youth Council, we have three ‘national presidents’ parading themselves. Some of the leaders we have thought would call the youths to order, also find solace in whatever they are doing. This is highly alarming and threatening!
“The idea of calling people into a beer parlour, inviting clergymen, film actors, retired politicians and even political office holders sitting and adopting a particular person as the national president of the Youth Council is very dangerous to the collective existence of the Nigerian youths”, Akoh lamented,” he said.
On his part, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Olusade Adesola, said he was confident that the extraordinary Congress would find “a way forward that could enhance your unity and cohesion in advancing the Youth advantage in Nigeria”.
Represented by the Deputy Director, Youth Network and Social Development, Mr. Aliyu Sule, the permanent secretary said the resolution of the extraordinary Congress should be forwarded to the ministry, saying every necessary attention would be accorded the Council.
“The last speaker talked about some piece of land that was given to the Council during President Obasanjo tenure, well, I’m not aware of that. But whatever that is critical to this body and this Congress find necessary to bring to the knowledge of the ministry, including the document that was launched recently, it should be done through a written document in form of observation and taken to the ministry, so we can take note and act accordingly.
“I’m representing the permanent secretary here and I think by the time you put your voice in a written document and forward to the ministry, he would look at it and tell you the way forward or appropriate direction that it should go.
“We actually launched this document on national youths policy in Akure, I was involved, I was there, stakeholders were also consulted as committee that came up with such document, up to the presidency, but at the same time, I don’t know the level of involvement in which you people were engaged before such document came up”, he said.
Speaking after the election, the new President, Almustapha Asuku thanked God, the leadership of the incorporated trustees, State Chairmen, VYOs and all delegates for electing him.
He assured them that as president he will join hands with all the leaders to collectively sanitize and restore the integrity and lost glory of NYCN
He promised to ensure that the voices of Nigerian youths were heard at all levels of governance.
He appeal to all the security agencies, great minds and other stakeholders to cooperate with his team to move Nigeria to the next level.
The following officials were appointed as members of the national caretaker committee for the next two years.
Asuku Mustapha Abdulahi as president; Nnduanya Innocent as deputy president; Echem Chibuike, national vice president, South East; Ibanichukwu Kingsley, national vice president, South-South; Adekunle Marufdeen, national vice president, South West; Gara Soyonga Nongha, national vice president North Eeast; Othniel Sunday Gongden, national vice president, North Central and Ubale Funtua Aminu, national vice president, North West.
Others are, Blessing A. Akinlosotu, secretary general; Ebere Caleb, assistant secretary general; Awujoola Kehinde, public relations officer; Temitope Eniola, financial secretary; Aliyu Magaji Gamji, national programme officer; Uko Michael; treasurer; Millicent Umoru, social secretary; Barr. Tahri Ahmad, legal adviser; Ibrahim Ghasali Ungogo, internal auditor and Anita Chimenye Nnebe, welfare officer.
Also appointed are: Asheazi Musa, organising secretary, HQ; Humphrey Ikechukwuike Osuji, organising secretary, South East; Clinlon Avwoke, organizing secretary, South-South; Kunle Bello, organizing secretary, South West; Bala Buba, organizing secretary, North East; Salahundeen A Lukman, organizing secretary, North Central and Mustapha Umar, organizing secretary, North West.