Assumpta CYON ends Youth Week …Appeals to parishioners for empowerment
As Nigeria finally creeps into recession with its crippling economic effects, the Catholic youths of Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri have turned to well-to-do members of the parish for help.
In his address at the grand finale of this year’s youth week held at the Assumpta Hall, Sunday Sept. 4, the President of the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON), Assumpta Parish, Mr. Samuel Udeh noted that many of their parishioners occupy important positions both in government and private sector and appealed to such parishioners to empower youth of the parish in any way they can.
“Many of our parishioners are Chief Executive Officers of many companies and organizations but how many of our youths are working in their organizations? Mr. Udeh asked.
The youths however praised the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Most Rev. Anthony Obinna for his interest in the welfare of Catholic Youths in the Archdiocese, adding that many youths have benefited from his youth empowerment programme.
“The Archbishop cannot continue to carry the burden alone. So, that is why we are appealing to parishioners to assist the Archbishop in alleviating the condition of our youths”, Mr. Udeh added.
The youth president used the occasion to mention some achievements of his executive including realization of their bus project, increase in youth Mass and also increase in the number of youths who have gotten married. He thanked the Archbishop, the Administrator, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere and their Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Magnus Ajoku for their guidance and support.
Earlier in his remarks, the chairman of the occasion Ezinna Emeka Ani congratulated the youths on the successful completion of their youth week. He said he was satisfied with the spirit of sportsmanship exhibited by the various stations during the athletic events marking the youth week.
Mr. Ani however noted that many Nigerian youths are facing hardship mainly because of bad governance, corruption, poor education curriculum, inability to acquire skills and harsh business environment in Nigeria and Imo State.
Ani, who is the associate editor of The Leader, advised the youths to look inwards, explore business opportunities in their areas, especially during their youth service and engage in the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Program (SAED). He cautioned against Yahoo Yahoo business and other forms of internet fraud.
The youth week featured Retreat, Seminar, sports and Picnic at the National War Museum Umuahia, where the youths learnt so much about the Biafran War.
In the result of the youth week activities announced in the Cathedral, St. Joseph Station came first, Maria Assumpta Station came second while St. Anthony and St. Mark came 3rd and 4th respectively.
The highlight of the occasion was the blessing of the youth bus by the Archbishop assisted by the Administrator.
Meanwhile, the Parish has set aside today, Sunday September 11 for the unveiling of the second edition of the youth magazine.