Tue. Dec 10th, 2019

IYF 2019: Abi leaders seek unity through sports (Audio)

Amidst pomp and paegentry Abi LGA youth leaders and other stakeholders trooped out in their numbers to partake in the ongoing 2019 International Youth Festival celebration in Calabar.


Friday, 9th August event was a novelty football match between state executive members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and members of the Voluntary youth Organisation. The friendly game which was played at the training pitch of the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar ended in a 3-0 victory for the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) team.


Co-ordinator/Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Abi chapter, Comrade Esege Mathew who rolled back the years as one of the most sought after winger who plied his trade with Abi Waves FC in the mid-2000s, showcased dazzling skills and deft touches to send the crowd into frenzy. They were cameo appearances for DG Voice of Central, Comrade Victor Bassey, who proved his mettle in the middle of the park.

A cross-section of participants at the event


In the exclusive interview with the www.9jabuzzer.com Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Abi chapter, Comrade Esege Mathew said the event offered an opportunity for friendship, peaceful co-existence, and above a way forward for Abi youths.


“It has been a hectic programme right from the 5th, where we had awareness, on the 6th was a youth service day and Wednesday was a programme called youth interactive forum, where all the youth across the youth gathered to interact and discuss on the issues affecting them and the growth of their LGAs”.


“Today was a novelty match, we choose to come out to exercise ourselves, unite with our people, and build more confidence and unity”.


Also speaking after the event was another prominent Abi youth leader, in the mould of the DG Voice of Central, Comrade Victor Bassey who revealed that the international youth celebration will keep youth activism in the state waxing stronger.


“For Cross River State I think this event has come to unite the youth the 18 LGAs youth across the state, I believe that by the grace of God it has reunited the youths of Cross River State and we also believe that it is continuity that will keep the bond, and keep the youth activism moving in Cross river State”.

The biggest cheerleader of the day was former Director-General of Primary Health Care Agency, CRS, Dr. Betta Edu who also spoke with www.9jabuzzer.com, and stated the event was much needed to unify youths in the state.


“Today’s event brought above more unity amongst young people, we should our energy to be more innovative and inventive, and we should our energy to improve the society and bond, support each other. Of course If we don’t do that, then we risk having a society where peoplewill just go into all sort of vices, so we want redirect that energy into something more useful. Some young people who play football earn up to billions”.

Dr. Betta Edu cheering from the stands


The week long programme of the International Youth festival 2019 celebration continues today with an award ceremony at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Calabar, of which Dr. Betta Edu will be one of the numerous awardees to be honoured for her immsense contribution to development in the state through quality health care delivery policies.

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