The Executive Director of Project Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Cairo Ojougboh has expressed optimism that Nigeria will be great despite its current challenges.
While speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja after he was inducted into the Northern Youth Council (NYC) Hall of Fame, he said the economy of the country is headed in the right direction.
Mr Ojougboh who is also the Chairman of NDDC Contracts Verification Committee, was honoured as “Garkuwan Matasan Arewa Najieriya” meaning defender of Nigerian youths by the council.
He said building the nation is a must as Nigeria is the only country we have.
“this country is a great country and it will grow, the teething problems we are having currently is not forever, it is a phase.
“We must build this country because we do not have another one, we must speak the truth always, because truth will always persist and rule over lies,” he said.
Noting corruption is the major problem of the country, he said it was unfortunate that some youth tend to be more corrupt than the older generation.
Mr. Ojouboh said embezzling public funds is seizing the common wealth of the people.
“Embezzling public funds for personal use is seizing the common wealth of the people, we most all stand and speak to support President Muhammadu Buhari on the anti corruption fight,”.
He therefore urged Nigerians to keep faith in the country and pray for the country and it’s leaders.
“I want to assure you that as long as we keep faith, Nigeria will be great, let’s continue to pray for the president and Nigeria that the teething problems we currently have, will phase out”.
Mr. Ojougboh, suggested that the council leadership should not limit their award to those in power or the influential in the society, but to go to the grassroots to recognise those making positive impact.
“Expose these people for the goodness they do for mankind, let people know that you must not be a Senator, Governor or President to be recognised and singled out for honour” he said.
Speaking on the affairs of the NDDC, Mr. Ojougboh said President Muhammadu Buhari unlike other presidents, is the first president that has not made any demand on the commission.
Abdulmalik Alfa, Director Legal Affairs of the Northern Youth Council, while welcoming Mr. Ojougboh commended him saying he was being honoured because of his exemplary leadership style.
“On behalf of the organic family of the Northern Youth Council, I want to healthily welcome you into the council`s Hall of Fame as icon of societal transformation.
“It is our hope, prayer and optimism that this honour will serve as a catalyst for you to continue to tow the noble part you have been towing”.
Mr Alfa also said the council is collaborating with other youth organisations in the country to ensure peace and unity of all citizens.
“We are into peace building, because we discover that that is what we need to build this country, the unity of this country is most times, threatened by some disgruntled elements.
“As youths of northern extraction, we are using this platform to collaborate with our Southern counterparts such as the Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing, the Ijaw Youth Congress and Oduduwa Youth Congress.
According to Mr. Alfa, the council is also into donation of relief materials to the less privileged and vulnerable members of the society as well as advocating entrepreneurship.
He therefore charged youth to acquire skills as entrepreneurship is what the country needs to attain its developmental goal.