The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Housing and Urban Renewal, Dr (Mrs) Valerie Obot has charged Nigerian youths to refuse to be manipulated for selfish purposes by politicians and other business moguls stressing that such was not just detrimental to the future of the youths but the country at large.
Dr Valerie Obot stated this in Uyo while receiving a Merit Leadership Award as an Icon of Medical Transformation in Nigeria from the Youth Solidarity Movement for Good Governance.
She described the programmes of the group which included the Kick illiteracy out of Nigeria Campaign, educating youths on the effect of smoking and drug abuse as well as HIV/AIDS awareness campaign as laudable.
The Permanent Secretary also commended the group for recognising and encouraging hard work and genuine sacrifices to better the lives of the less privileged especially women and girls.
While attributing her achievements to God’s grace, Dr (Mrs) Obot said that she had just been following her passion by helping as much vulnerable people in society as she could reach especially women and girls saying she was very grateful to God for affording her an opportunity to touch lives through the Better Life Programme as well as the ‘Project Help’ while in office as the President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria and expressed the hope that the incumbent president would surpass her achievements.
The Head of Mission, Youth Solidarity Movement for Good Governance (YSMGG), Comrade Yakubu Yahaya, congratulated Dr Valerie Obot for her award saying she earned it through her selfless patriotic service towards nation building, astute dedication to effective service delivery and community development as well as extending the impact and reach of the Medical Women Association noting that her kind donations to the Internally Displaced Persons in the northern part of the country had indeed shown her high level of patriotism, true federalism as well as a relentless effort to rebrand the country.
Comrade Yahaya said the group was inspired by Dr (Mrs) Obot’s courage, benevolence, magnanimity and sacrifices despite the risk involved in visiting and carrying out an on-the-spot assessment of the Internally Displaced Persons camps in the terror prone zones of the country and decided to encourage her.
He strongly condemned the spate of insurgency, killings and abductions in the northern parts of the country describing it as unacceptable while urging the Federal Government to intensify efforts to rescue the abducted Chibok girls while ridding the nation of terrorists.
Comrade Yahaya also appealed for support to enable the group succeed in its programmes and activities.
Present at the event were the Director of Administration in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Renewal, Mrs Ekaette Inyang, the Head of Parliament of the Youth Solidarity Movement for Good Governance- Comrade Akor Haruna, Assistant Head of Mission- Comrade Helen Avidime, Director of Programme-Comrade Sadiq Agboola among other delegates.