We the Young Bayelsa Professionals wish to call upon Mr. Moses Siloko Siasia the founder of Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, NYPF to run for the gubernatorial election of our beloved state Bayelsa in November. We have observed Mr. Siasia for a long time and we are confident that he the best man for the job. He has run many businesses successfully but above all we are moved by his passion for indigenes of our dear state. We are calling on all Bayelsan and stakeholders within and outside the state to prevail upon him to consider to run for the exalted office of the governor of our state.
As young entrepreneurs and CEOs operating in Bayelsa state, we are concerned about the continuous stagnation and retrogression of our State. The poor living condition of Bayelsans and lack of basic social amenities worry us a great deal. We are worried that despite the huge sum of internally Generated Revenue, figures released show that the Bayelsa State Government from 1999 to date have received well over a trillion naira from the federation account and yet there are nothing on ground to justify the receipt of such funds. We believe that Moses Siasia who is just 35years old, haven managed several companies successfully will do a great job as governor.
As Young Professionals, we believe young leaders have the solutions to most of the problems confronting us as a people, a state and nation. Careful analysis of Mr. Siasia the extraordinary entrepreneur who is just 35years goes a long way to prove our point. All over the world ranging from South Africa’s opposition party electing 33 year old as its first black leader to the recent elections in the United Kingdom which saw a 20 year Old Mhairi Black become the youngest law maker in UK history since the 17th century, and the 2012 Uganda elections where 19-year-old (now 21), Proscovia Alengot Oromait emerged the youngest African ever to be elected as a member of parliament, shows that young people have begun to get more actively involved in the political process of their Nations. As our challenges increase as a people, we must look for new options and the youth are the best option. It is the right time for young Nigerians like Mr. Siasia, to begin to show that they can handle leadership as most of those who are now elders’ statesmen, like Chief Alfred Diete Spiff took the reins of leadership when they were in their 20’s.
We insists that having touched lives through job creation, scholarship and other forms of youth empowerment schemes, there is no doubt he can replicate this achievements in greater dimensions if entrusted with public office as Governor of our state.
We believe that Bayelsans deserve better than what they have gotten from past leaders and therefore must seek to vote out the old, in order to begin the journey towards greatness and prosperity with the youth in charge.
We are Inspired by Moses Life
Moses was uncomfortable with poverty and in his determination to change that status; began as a teenage to be enterprising selling ICE BLOCKS in order to survive and assist his poor windowed mother. He also indulged in manual jobs and over time has gone on to build one of Nigeria’s most successful business enterprises- the MOSILO GROUP.
Having had his childhood in the Niger Delta region and experienced firsthand some of the sufferings of the people in that region, especially the young ones, Siasia was determined to change it and upgrade the lifestyle of the people, especially that of the young persons. Driven by this passion to help upgrade the psyche of the young people and provide a platform for self expression, Moses Siasia founded the Niger Delta Young Professionals (NDYP). This group was amongst other thing established to solve the identity crisis that confronted the young people of the region through exposure to the global methods of doing things.
The NDYP became the group to organize the first ever Economic Summit for young people in Niger Delta region, which was hosted by Governor Godswill Akpabio in Akwa Ibom State.
However, seeing a need to integrate and provide same opportunity for all Nigerian youths irrespective of region, Moses Siasia successfully orchestrated the metamorphosis of the NDYP into what is now known as Nigerian Young Professionals Forum, (NYPF) to create room for all Nigerian youths to get on board the platform and benefit from its numerous empowerment ventures.
The NYPF was founded amongst other things to empower young people, by creating jobs and encouraging them to take a more active role in politics and social economic issues.
Today, NYPF has successfully established a network of young professionals from over 13 countries around the globe, with summits held in London, New York and many other cities.
NYPF has a membership of over Ten Million Nigerian Young Professionals and is open to everyone from all geo-political zones across Nigeria, including Young Nigerian Professionals living in Diaspora.
In 2014, Moses made a strong statement when his NYPF organized an International Youth Conference with the theme, “National Integration & the Quest for Purposeful Leadership ’’ in Abuja on the 9th of August 2014, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR), the Minister of Finance and Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and eight other Ministers were in attendance.
HIS ROLE IN THE NIGER DELTA STRUGGLE
Moses Siasia did not just appear from the blues; he was mentored by the Late Dr Harrold Dappa Briye of blessed memory. Moses has been at the forefront of the fight for the emancipation of the Nigerian youth, especially those in the Niger Delta even from his days as a student. As a student he became the youth coordinator of the South-South People’s Conference.
In 2006 -2010 Moses emerged the pioneering chairman of the South-South Youth Leaders Forum, an organization saddled with the responsibility of creating a united front on which the agitation for the emancipation of the Niger Delta people could be propagated.
Moses also went on to become the coordinator of the Niger Delta Peace Forum, which was initiated by the late Gen. Awoye Azazi, when he was the chief of army staff. The group amongst other groups worked closely with Late President Umar Musa Yar’Adua before the pronouncement of Amnesty for Niger Delta freedom fighters by the late President.
Moses Siasia through this forum enjoyed a favorable relationship with the late President, which he has maintained with his family till date.
Moses Siasia played an active role as a youth representative in the Raymond Dopkesi led South-South People’s Assembly, which advocated for a president from the South-South extraction.
Having being raised in poverty, Moses Siloko Siasia has shown tremendous interest in ameliorating the sufferings and plights of the less privileged.
Over the years, in an individual capacity, Moses Siloko Siasia has provided jobs for numerous young Nigerians, especially those from Bayelsa State.
Siasia has an ongoing scholarship scheme funded from his private earnings, with the mandate to help as many a child as possible, who cannot afford the cost of education, to get an education.
Siasia is determined to eradicate poverty from the lives of any young person he encounters. Moses is of the opinion that if as an individual he has provided a good life for numerous young Nigerians, if entrusted with public resources he will do much more.
Siasia was in 2014 tipped to become one of Africa’s Economic Leaders by the Choiseul Institute for International Politics and Geo-economics.
Considering his age, Siasia’s achievements are most humbling. To think that he is just 35 years old with so much going for him, is mind-blowing. If the people of Bayelsa state must begin to experience the dividend of democracy, the new face of leadership must be embraced and Moses stands as that face of leadership that will bring about the total liberation of the State from the claws of bad leaders.
Dr. Castro Mathew
Dr. Timipre Owei
Mr. George Spiff