- By Wilfred Francis
In a bid to recognize various roles played in advancement of democracy in Nigeria and meritorious service, the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, NYPF, a non-governmental organization, has conferred award for excellence on delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa among others.
And also gave out scholarship to three first winners of its essay writing competition titled, “Illegal Migration and child trafficking possible way out”.
The event was part of activities to celebrate its fifth anniversary, promote its professionals database and recognize several dignitaries, and students.
Some of the beneficiaries of the awards were, governors Ifeanyi Okowa, Okezie Ikpeazu of Delta and Abia States, Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, the Imam of Nghar Village, Gashish district in Barkin Ladi, Plateau State, Senator Daisy Danjuma and other prominent Nigerians.
All the award recipients, according to the organisers, were thoroughly considered and shortlisted in recognition of their meritorious service and varied roles, played by each, in support for nation building and advancement of democracy, development and good governance in Nigeria.
The chairman of NYPF, Mr Moses Siasia, in his welcome address, said that the forum, in the last five years, has been able to make a lot of milestone achievements like providing employment for 780 unemployed youths nationwide.
“In the past five years, we have made a lot of milestone achievements. We have been able to provide employment for 780 unemployed youths in various sectors of the nation like, marine, oil and gas sectors etc. We have also given out several scholarships, both home and abroad.
“NYPF, has also produced 18 members of the house of assembly, and 72 members of state houses of assembly, all from different political parties. The organisation has emphasised the need to engage more youths in decision making processes for speedy development of the nation.”
The organisation also gave out scholarships to winners of the first and second positions of an organised essay competition. A full scholarship was given to Miss Akinyele Victory-Melody from Baptist High School, Jos, who won the first position, to any federal university of her choice.
The executive director of Connected Development, Mr Hamzat Lawal, in his congratulatory message, urged the government to cooperate with NYPF to achieve better and lasting developmental results in the nation.
The Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF), is a Non-Governmental Organisation of young professionals from different fields of endeavours and committed to three major objectives which are to create sustainable livelihood for young people, engender purposeful leadership and social democratic inclusion and encourage young people’s participation in governance and the economic process.
NYPF is deliberately creating a pathway for the future of young Nigerians with over 3million membership.