In a bid to promote peace and youth development, the West African Youth Council (WAYC) has awarded 22 Nigerians the ECOWAS Youth Ambassadors Award.
At an event in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State on Saturday, the 22 Nigerians were declared ECOWAS Distinguished Youth Ambassadors shortly after receiving the Nelson Mandela Leadership Excellence and Integrity Award by the council.
The winners include notable Nigerians from different walks of life such as professionals, entrepreneurs, politicians, philanthropists and artisans.
During the introductions, the Chairman of WAYC, Ambassador (Dr) Oluwaseun Williams noted that the event is organized to celebrate selected Nigerians who have contributed in any way to the development of youth in Nigeria.
Dr. Williams added that the event was also aimed at reducing insecurity in the country and promoting peace among young people and other Nigerians.
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Also speaking, WAYC South West Coordinator Dr. Akande Kazeem explained that the group selected the recipients based on their contributions to youth development in the country after conducting a background check on the recipients.
He added that youth empowerment and skill building should be encouraged for the future of young people, adding that parents should look after their children in others to reduce the threat in society.
Speaking to the Nigerian Tribune, one of the winners, Hon Kunle Kareem appreciated the organizers for the recognition while urging the state government to provide more support to security agencies by conducting trainings to improve the security of the state.
Also speaking on another award recipient and Ogun Regional Manager of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Dr. Ademola Adewumi, noted that the award will challenge him to do more in terms of youth development.
He said: “When I was informed of my nomination for this award, I was happy to be able to support the youth of West Africa. It’s a challenge for me to take my leadership more seriously.