National Youth Council of Nigeria,NYCN, Bida, Branch has honoured the Etsu Agaie, Alhaji Yahaya Nuhu and 19 others with award in recognition of their contribution to youth development in the area, the state and the country in general.
The award was presented yesterday as part of activities to mark the annual World Youth Day celebration at the Federal Polytechnic Auditorium hall in Bida, Niger State.
Those who were also honoured with various awards include: Coordinator of Nupe foundation, Engr Yabagi Yusuf-Sani, Alhaji Ibrahim Lile-Sosa, Alhaji Idris Abudullahi, Salihu Mohammed, Engr Abdullahi Sule, Haruna Yahaya and Ibrahim Abdulmalik among others.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Etsu Agaie said the award would spur others to always live an exemplary live that would promote youths in any position they find themselves for the good of the country.
Nuhu charged youths to always exhibit good conduct and desist from engaging in acts that could hamper their progress and destiny in life.
The royal father said no nation can develop without functional and ambitious youths. He further urged the youths to shun social vices and embrace western education.
“If they want to be ambitious, then they should aspire to be something. You don’t look for those who have made it to come and begin to support you. You also can aspire to be somewhere,” he said.
According to him, youths are the backbone of social, economical and political development and wondered why the reverse was the case with some Nigerian youths who prefer to engage in criminal activities rather than to be educated or engaged in entrepreneurship.
He urged them to have a change of attitude and advised them to get involved in community development.
The traditional ruler further advised the youths to only pursue those attributes that would make them self reliant instead of allowing themselves to be used by selfish individuals to cause mayhem in the society, saying those using them would never use their children.
He commended the NYCN for finding them worthy of being honured and assured them that this would spur them to do more for the country to move forward as one united nation. He also assured the organisers of his continued support to the plight of the youths.
According to the monarch, “the future of this country in your hand as leaders of tomorrow, as such I advise you all to face your studies with all seriousness and not to engage yourselves in any form of thing that would tarnish your image.”
The guest speaker, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi, Rector, Federal Polyphonic Bida, noted that youths are one of the greatest asset and investment for a country’s development.

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