Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Nigerian shines at Commonwealth, emerge as youth council chair

A Nigerian, Ahmed Adamu  yesterday emerged as the chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) at a keenly contested election.
Adamu  will chair the new body, which will be the recognised voice of the 1.2 billion young people of the Commonwealth, and a framework for youth-led development initiatives.   
 The inaugural Executive of the Council would serve a two year term until the next CYC General Assembly in Mauritius in 2015.
Other winners of the election are: Vice Chairperson (Policy, Advocacy & Projects): Sudharshana Lakshmi from India; Vice Chairperson (Partnerships & Resources): Sadham Zarjahan from Sri Lanka; Vice Chairperson (Inclusion & Engagement): Mohamed Husni from Sri Lanka; Regional Representative – Africa & Europe: Kiziah Philbert from Kenya; Regional Representative – Asia: Tharika Dileepani from Sri Lanka; Regional Representative – Caribbean & Americas: Royden Beharry from Grenada; Regional Representative – Pacific: Harry James from Solomon Islands and Representative – Special Interest Groups: Wathsala Samarakoon from Sri Lanka.
Five Nigerian youths were among the Fifty-three candidates from 21 countries standing for nine executive posts including Chairperson, Vice Chairpersons, regional and special interests representatives of the Commonwealth Youth Council.
Over the past two days at the Commonwealth Youth Forum  in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, candidates from national youth bodies across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth have been campaigning for the right to lead the CYC.
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