Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung has called for quick resolution to the leadership crisis bedeviling the Nigeria Youth Council.
The minister made the appeal at the inauguration of a 33-man national transition committee and the congress planning and electoral committees yesterday in Abuja.
Dalung said the lingering leadership crisis had become an albatross to the progress of the council.
He said: ?The achievement of this milestone is a great testimony to the commitment of all stakeholders, who genuinely worked day and night to ensure that we put an end to the lingering leadership crisis which had become an albatross to the progress of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.?
The minister also noted that the leadership crisis of the council had denied Nigerian youth quality representation nationally and internationally.
According to him, the country had become a laughing stock at international gatherings because of the council?s constant leadership crisis.
He said: ?The Nigerian youth has lost so much as the crisis deprived them of quality representation nationally and internationally. In the gathering of youth councils all over the world, Nigeria has become a laughing stock because her youth council, supposed umbrella body of voluntary youth organisations and the voice of the Nigerian youth is in disarray.
?This is the more reason why we must sacrifice individually and collectively to ensure absolute success of this peace process. I also want to reiterate that we should not be tired of extending the olive branch and hand of fellowship to every stakeholder and dissenting groups.
?Our ability to convince and bring them on board that we actually meant well for the youth council and welfare of the Nigerian youth will go a long way in healing the old wounds and afford us the opportunity to harvest their wealth of experience.?
NYCN Board of Trustee Chairman Dickson Akoh, said the leadership crisis of the council had robbed Nigerian youths of many developmental benefits.
He said the council has adopted a constitution that would plug all loopholes that had been causing crisis for the NYCN.