Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has assured the citizenry that he will make more youths financially self-reliant before the end of his administration.
Obiano said he would produce more entrepreneurs through the state ministry of youth entrepreneurship and creative economy and offer them platforms to leverage on the enabling environment made possible by his government so that they could establish themselves and contribute their quota to the IGR base of the state economy.
Making the promise at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre Awka during the National Convention cum Public Lecture of the United Anambra Youths Assembly (U-AYA) held at the weekend, the governor said his administration had given a lot of youths gainful employment and intended to have more youths financially independent within the next two years.
The governor said many opportunities abound in Information and Communication Technology, Agriculture as well as other spheres of the state economy, noting that he would bequeath a legacy of more Bill Gates amongst the youths of Anambra state even as he admonished them to abstain completely from illicit drugs and other hard substances inimical and detrimental to their health and their entire future.
Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, who was the guest lecturer at the convention, harped on youths in politics and nation building. Soludo noted that youths were the bridge to the future and therefore occupied vantage position in national development.
He observed that any governnent that didn’t accommodate women and youths was not for the masses because youths were no longer leaders of tomorrow but leaders of today and that women should play critical roles in governance and administration.
The former CBN boss stressed the urgent need for people to desist from Pull Him Down Syndrome and equally urged youths to jettison the idea of Get Rich Young or Die Trying, noting that many a youth have wasted their lives on the fast lane.
He said youths needed to be empowered and women too needed to be empowered. According to him, youths need jobs, they need appointments, they need to be entrepreneurs, they need quality education and they also need to be elected into public offices while governnent should create the enabling environment for youths to attain self-actualization.
The chief convener of the convention and founder of United Anambra Youths Assembly and United Anambra Women Assembly, Comrade Chinedu Benjamin Obidigwe, said there was need for continuation of the good governance model championed by Chief Willie Obiano.
Obidigwe who is also the lawmaker representing Anambra-East and West federal constituency at the national assembly maintained that Prof. Chukwuma Soludo was a veritable replacement for Governor Willie Obiano.
He therefore used the platform of the U-AYA convention to canvass support for the former CBN governor, noting that he has the prerequisites to build on the legacies of Governor Willie Obiano.