The Youth Wing of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Kwara has expressed dissatisfaction over the under representation of youths in the recently released ministerial nominees list.
The group also urged religious bodies to take their responsibilities to youths more seriously.
The Chairman of the PFN Youth Wing in Kwara, Mike Ayodele, gave the group’s position in Ilorin on Wednesday at a forum to herald the fellowship’s Annual Youth Conference with the theme: “Youthful but Watchful”.
Ayodele said that the conference would address some issues negatively affecting youths in the society.
“The rate at which youths are involved in social vices is alarming.
” Some of these include the prevalent use of Sniper to commit suicide, suicide bombing, criminal activities such as internet fraud, robbery armed banditry, rebellion, cultism, militancy drug abuse, rape, prostitution and indecency.
“It is, however, sad that the set of people involved in the above mentioned social vices are young people between the ages of 13 and 15,’’ he said.
He said the most vibrant stage of a man’s life remains the teenage years, adding that youths should be committed to devoting their lives toward outstanding achievements.
“The root cause of these problems is traceable to the pathetic state of education in Nigeria and the alarming rate of unemployment.
” Youths in Nigeria are not gainfully employed and represented in governance.
“We, therefore, use this medium to decry the under representation of youths in governance in Nigeria.
“The society is not at peace, life is practically unsafe for living, this is a great problem on our hands which needs greater attention.
“If the church can wake up fully to her responsibilities, the youths would be rescued.
“Our youths should no longer allow themselves to be used and dumped by desperate politicians and the entertainment industry should be wisely engaged by youths.
“We advise our youths to see how their talents can be better utilised in a profitable way and for the betterment of Nigeria.
“It is against this backdrop that the PFN youth wing in the state is organising the youth conference.
” The conference which will begin on Friday, Aug. 2 and end on Saturday, Aug. 3 promises to tackle the problems and pressures youths are faced with in the society today.
“It will be an eye opener to our youths in the areas where they have missed it and the way forward.
“We hope that through the conference, they will be able to stand against temptations of committing suicide and others evil vices.
“We urge parents to support and release their wards for this life changing encounter,’’ Ayodele said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the youth conference is an annual event of the group to promote youth discipleship, empowerment and discipline.
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