Elvert Ayambem, the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, disclosed that most lawmakers in the new parliamentary session are youths, constituting over 80 percent of the Assembly. He made this statement during a meeting with a delegation from the National Youth Council of Nigeria at his office.
Contrary to the belief that Nigerian youths are leaders of tomorrow, the Speaker asserted that they are already at the forefront, holding key positions within the government. He says the current 10th Assembly comprises 80 percent of young leaders. He encouraged the youth to embrace the challenge, stand together in support, avoid divisive actions, and actively pursue public offices and leadership roles.
Speaker Ayambem offered his unwavering support to the youth and urged them to maintain unity, mutual support, and relentless focus to achieve their aspirations.
Mercy Akpama, the representative of Yakurr 2 constituency and Chairman of the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development, also advised the youth leaders to rally behind Governor Bassey Otu’s administration.
In his address, Dan Obu, the group’s Chairman, congratulated the Speaker on his electoral success and subsequent appointment. He also expressed the group’s desire for a closer working relationship with the Speaker’s office.