Akwa Ibom youths have identified illiteracy as one of the challenges facing them in the society.
They also mentioned other challenges as poor representation, poor policies on youth development as well as lack of communication.
At a youth legislative roundtable with the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly Committee on Youths, Sports and Security organized by Yiaga Africa - a non-governmental organization, and sponsored by Actionaid at Luton Park Hotel, Uyo, participants who were drawn from various organizations across the state, attributed the numerous social vices in the society by youths to illiteracy during a group discussion on the topic: Youth Organizing and Leadership: Challenges and Impacts for Young People Now and in the Future.
Participants recalled the recent #EndSARs protests by youths across the country during which property were destroyed and vandalized by hoodlums hiding under the protest to commit all sorts of atrocities, describing those hoodlums as illiterate youths.
According to them, while the literate youths were going about their genuine protest, the illiterate ones among them were busy destroying and looting government property and those of individuals.
They noted that no literate youth could pick a stone and through on any government property or those owned by individuals because they knew the importance of such property.
Participants also identified impacts as policy formulation/implementation, poor leadership, unemployment, inability to achieve set goals, godfatherism, etc.
The chairman, House Committee on Youths, Sports and Security in the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly, Otuekong Nse Essien, in his keynote address stressed the need for government at all levels to give proper attention to youth development.
According to him, youth development is promoted through activities that help youths to develop their minds in readiness to the challenges of life, adding that as youths, they must be involved in positive things that touched lives of others.
Essien enjoined families and homes to step up their vigilance to bring the best out of youths, even as they (youths) should not engage in unnecessary activities that are not beneficial to the society.
He encouraged youths to get themselves involved in activities that are positive in their lives which could take them to another level, as the present society required good characters and not violent lives.
Earlier, the programme manager, Governance and Development, Yiaga Africa, Ibrahim Faruk, in his welcome remark said the essence of the roundtable was to discuss the way forward on legislative affairs of young people.
Other topics discussed by participants at the event were, ideas and direction for legislative action for youth responsive service delivery and development, as well as insights and strategies for mobilizing young people to influence the actualization of legislative action and harness their creative energy towards youth responsive development and building an accountability regime for governance.