Amawbia (Awka South LGA) Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON), St. Matthew Amawbia has held the 2020 annual cultural fiesta, calling for creativity to uplift the organisation, the Church and the society.
The ceremony kicked off with a Holy Mass officiated by the Chaplain Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Obiekezie on Oct. 10.
Fr. Obiekezie said that the organisation was formed with an aim to guide the young Catholics to live a Christian life from a young age, developing trust among peers and living a happy life in a positive way.
He noted that the organisation was operating on a local level as CYO but in 1985, CYON was founded in the context of a concern of the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).
This came as a result of the young Catholics and local Catholic Youth Organisation in Nigeria to celebrate the International Youth Year (IYY) declared by the UN in 1985.
The cleric explained that youths with lots of amazing ideas were expected to channel their energy in the life of the Church for others to benefit.
“The youth is the future of any Church; it is important to encourage them to get involved with the Church, otherwise the whole institute of religion may fall apart.
“As young people are a vulnerable transitional group, they will have all the support they can get in their complicated journey toward adulthood.
“They will also be given the opportunity to participate in government decision-making process, especially in politics and good governance.’’
The Chaplain cautioned youths to eschew vices capable of marring their future that includes homosexuality, bestiality, pedophile, drug abuse, robbery and being engaged as thugs.
He, then, enjoined the patrons and patronesses to help in raising young people who would be committed to God, Episcopal Church and have the Christian leadership experience to make a difference.
Anambra Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha in an interview with the New Dawn Magazine Editorial Team, diffused the notion by most youths that education was a scam.
Prof. Omenugha emphasised that education could never and would never be a scam, irrespective of the challenges that youths face on graduation, which could be capable of breeding the negative impression that education did not worth the struggle.
She advised them to try and acquire education at any level so as not to be shortlisted and pushed to the background when positions were being taken up in the society.
The commissioner explained that most of the positions acquired in government were taken by educated persons, urging them to keep pushing as there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
Also in an interview, Mrs Ify Aronu Okafor, a Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Broadcasting said that she understood the challenges faced by the youths daily in Nigeria due to limited opportunities.
She emphasised that youths should be aware that if they want to be saved, they should also know that they had a duty to protect the society by not indulging in vices capable of harming the life of others.
A former President of CYON Awka Diocese and immediate past president of the Laity Council Awka Diocese, Mr Emmanuel Ezeokafor pleaded with the youths to key into programmes mapped out by the Church and government to enable them to progress.
The parish CYON President, Mr Jude Okafor in his address said that the Organisation was important to encourage the teens to integrate into the larger, intergenerational community of the church.
He pleaded with the Church, group and individuals to support them in the area of skill acquisition to enable them to channel their exuberance positively, so as to support their family and others financially.
The event featured installation of patrons and patronesses, unveiling of maiden magazine, cultural dance and competition for the seats of Igwe, Lolo and Onowu.
Source: Anambra State Government