National Youth Council Sacks Rivers Exco, Insists State Govt. Has No Say

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From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has dissolved the Rivers State Executive Committee of the body hours after  the State Government passed a vote of confidence on the  displaced leadership.

The State Commissioner for Youth, Owene Wonodi, had on Saturday passed vote of confidence on the Kingsley Ibanichukwu led State Executive Committee of the NYCN, affirming that the government recognised no other leadership  in what appeared to be pre-emptive opposition to the  dissolution declared later by the national leadership of the  apex youth body.

At an Extra-ordinary Emergency Meeting held Saturday night by 2am in Port Harcourt, the National President of the NYCN, Yakubu Shendam, said the decision to dissolve the state exco was taken to correct certain irregularities including abuse of power and financial misconducts by the Ibanichukwu led Rivers State leadership.

“So many things have gone wrong in Rivers State. We will not tolerate the activities of the NYCN being run like personal property. We cannot watch our youths being led astray.  In accordance with the constitution governing the council and by the powers vested in me, I hereby dissolve the Rivers State Executive Committee led by Ibanickukwu,” he said.

“We are inaugurating an interim committee pending investigation, resolution and possible by-elections for a new Rivers State Executive Committee. This inauguration also affects Local Government Area Coordinators where the interim body will appoint and swear in new leaders. We task the interim committee to be committed in the service of the youths,” Shendam declared.

The Deputy President of the body, Chinwendu  Ordua who hails from Rivers State  said: “The body has decided.  The Rivers State Commissioner for Youth has no choice over this matter. This strictly a National Youth Council affair and we have acted in order.”

The new Chairman of the Rivers NYCN Interim Committee, Kukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo, was   sworn in immediately, after which he pledged to lead by the rules and to be loyal to the youth authority.