Godwin AJOM, Calabar
Youths in Cross River State have embraced the Young African Leadership Initiative YALI, as an alternative means of leadership mentorship.
The Youths who spoke ahead of the inauguration of the state executives of the former United States President, Barrack Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative YALI, vowed to explore all legitimate means to restore Nigeria from bad leadership, saying that the government has failed the youths.
Speaking to our reporter, Mr. Okoi Etim, said, “I feel embarrassed that Nigeria has become what is is today, the Federal Executive Council and the Presidency should be ashamed of themselves. From snake swallowing money, to banditry to kidnapping to train attacks and media stifling, the Federal Government has failed us, so let young people leverage on any foundation, NGO or initiative that can groom them, because we are resorting to self help now.”
Still on the YALI foundation, Mrs. Dorothy Agbor explained that, “though am not a member of YALI, but I have heard of it last year through a friend; I think with the devastation in Nigeria now occasion by this wicked APC Government, I think the Barrack Obama’s YALI is an opportunity for young people to push a new course.”
Meanwhile, the newly inaugurated state coordinator of the organization, Mr. Tony Ebigwai, explained the need for the initiative in Cross River. “I am privileged to emerge as the new state coordinator, for Yong African Leadership Initiative (YALI). We will bridge the gap between the old and the new YALI members. We would build capacity, and encourage volunteering, in serving others meaningfully, and the benefits that accompany it.
“In YALI, there are several opportunities that cannot just drop on your laps so you need to work towards them to achieve them; as a YALI member, you have opportunity to study opportunities online for free, you can access the Nelson Mandela Fellowship sponsored by the United Nations Embassy; youths should channel their energy rightly especially these time of elections. we shall be focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs.
It is believed that the foundation was founded by former United States President, Barrack Obama, as an initiative that grooms young Africans for the future, by equipping them with the right qualities for leadership.