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NYCN Crisis: Minister sets up reconciliation committee



The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has constituted a committee to resolve the leadership crisis rocking the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).

According to a statement by the spokesperson of the ministry, Mrs Blessing Lere-Adams, this is in line with the promise made by Dare on assumption of duty.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that Dare had promised to convene a meeting of critical stakeholders in youth development when he assumed office.

The minister made a commitment to hold “crucial and confrontational deliberations” that will lead to the resolution of the NYCN crisis.

“Following several hours of the stakeholders’ meeting on Friday, the Minister set up a committee to consider options presented for the resolution of the crisis.

“The panel was given two weeks to come up with an amicable solution.

“The ministry will not be part of the committee,” it stated.

The statement quoted the minister as saying that he expects the committee to be neutral, thorough and objective.

“He called for the need to chart a new critical path forward. The Ministry will go and look at its internal processes again.

“He promised that the youth and sports development ministry will play a neutral role in resolving the crisis.”

The committee’s term of reference, according to the statement, is to arrive at a preferable option out of the three thrown up at the meeting.

“The first option is for stakeholders to explore legal provisions for the resolution of the crisis.

“A second option is for NYCN to hold a fresh convention that will effectively sweep away the four persons laying claims to the leadership of the Council, while the third option is for the Ministry to abandon the NYCN and create a new platform for reaching out to the youths.”

Stakeholders in the course of deliberations commended the neutral approach adopted by the minister in the efforts to resolve the leadership tussle that has lingered for over eight years, while expressing confidence that a solution is within sight.

The meeting was attended by the contending leaders of the NYCN, four past presidents of the council and Chairman Board of Trustee, Mr Dickson Akoh.

NAN reports that the youth and sports development ministry had earlier issued directives to the youth council members to desist from parading themselves as president of the NYCN until the crisis was resolved. (NAN)
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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