Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Anambra state Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy Hon. Bonaventure Enemali says that Governor Willie Obiano has taken over 10, 000 youths off the streets of Anambra, empowering them with one skill or the other for self-reliance to enable them to contribute their token to the growth of the economy.
The commissioner stated this during an exclusive Interview with our correspondent in Awka, the Anambra state capital over the weekend.
Enemali noted that Governor Willie Obiano has kept faith with his promises of ensuring that youths in Anambra state were engaged meaningfully to stem the tide of negative vices inimical to their welfare and well-being.
He said the Governor has in the last one year trained and empowered more than 10, 000 youths with one vocational skill or the other through the instrumentality of the ministry of youth empowerment and creative economy.
Enemali emphasized, “The Governor made a promise that 10, 000 youths would be trained every year. In line with that, the one youth one skill is ongoing in Anambra and for one year now 10, 000 youths have been trained. We have done three batches. The first batch was 250, the second batch was 750 and the next batch is coming up in May this year.”
The commissioner explained that what government did in the one youth one skill programme was that youths were allowed to choose their own specialty and government took them on a three-month intensive training after which successful candidates were given start-up packs.
The youth commissioner added that the state ministry of youth empowerment and creative economy was currently working with IBM to commence Digital Nation Africa Project where youths with propensity and proclivity for ICT would develop their skills as well as develop their own soft wares and applications.
He said it was a five-year project aimed at developing over 50, 000 youths in Anambra state. Speaking further, he said the Anambra State Sculptors Exhibition would be coming up sometime in June this year where young sculptors would be given the opportunity to showcase their artworks and ingenuity.
Enemali said Anambra Talent Hunt Show is slated for August this year and that Governor Willie Obiano has graciously approved funds for the successful hosting of the show, adding that the talent hunt provided platform to discover, develop and deploy young talents to a whole new world of fame and fortune.
He was also of the opinion that those in technovation category were currently working on how to generate electricity from turban.
The commissioner therefore informed that the official launch of using turban and water to generate electricity would take the centre stage before the end of May this year to serve as alternative to electricity generation in Anambra state as well as address challenges in the power sector of the state economy.