CATHOLIC Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON), St. Matthew Amawbia has held the 2020 annual cultural fiesta, calling for creativity to uplift the organisation, Church and the society.
The ceremony kicked off with a Holy Mass officiated by the Chaplain Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Obiekezie who 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 Chaplain cautioned youths to eschew vices capable of marring their future that includes homosexuality, bestiality, pedophile, drug abuse, robbery and being engaged as thugs.
Commissioner for Basic Education, Kate Omenugha in an interview with journalists 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.
Senior Special Assistant to governor on Broadcasting, Ify Aronu Okafor said that she understood the challenges faced by the youths daily in Nigeria due to limited opportunities.
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, 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.
The event featured installation of patrons and patronesses, unveiling of maiden magazine, cultural dance and competition for the seats of Igwe, Lolo and Onowu.