Meeting With the Youth Leadership Networks in Rivers State

CEHRD output two organised 24 meetings with the members of the youth leadership networks set up in 3 communities – Okana in Abua/Odual, Kpor in Gokana and Marine Base in Port Harcourt LGAs. Eight meetings were held in each community. The youth leadership network meetings were geared towards strengthening the members’ ability to plan and organise activities aimed at engaging and advocating for more accountable, transparent and inclusive youth employment and empowerment programmes in Rivers State.

The meetings also served as an avenue for vetting and reviewing the sustainability plan of the networks. The meetings created an avenue for each network to plan for key advocacy visits, radio programmes, and strategize on putting the issue of transparency, accountability and inclusiveness in the front burner in Rivers state. The executive members of the Networks were able to mobilise their members while taking responsibility for the management of their network.

The youths are partnering with relevant state institutions, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Rivers State chapter, NYCN and community leaders to visit selected schools, volunteer mobilisation and engagement with State and LGA primary and secondary schools on need to shun violence in demand for equity in the distribution of economic resources and conflict prevention. 10 members of the network were selected by Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, RSSDA and served as field enumerators and collated data for the Labour Market Assessment in Rivers State.

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