Adamazi Mbonu Onyi Jennifer
…Declares last Saturday of every June Youth Day
Imo State Governor, Dist. Sen Hope Uzodinma has empowered 15000 youths who were trained on various skills like fish farming, hairdressing, tailoring, barbing etc with N250,000 each.
During the disbursement of the funds at Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri, Imo State on 26th June 2021, the Governor reiterated the commitment of his administration in ensuring a better future for youths in the State.
“We are taking a practical step in the actualization of our prosperity agenda. Our Shared Prosperity Programme is not just a mantra but a manifestation of our resolve to empower Imo People, particularly the youths, not only economically but also politically”.
Speaking, Uzodinma said the empowerment is the first in the history of the State and His Government intends to sustain it so the youths can also create opportunity for their colleagues for down-stream employment.
“This is the first time in the history of our dear state that this record number of Youths are being empowered at the same time. It is deliberate. It is also going to be sustained. As you set up your businesses of barbing salons, hairdressing, painting and spraying, furniture making and sundry vocations, you will create opportunity for your colleagues for down-stream employment. This implies that the multiplier effect will have a salutary bearing on our economy”.
He further said that if the youths are gainfully engaged, criminal activities will be greatly reduced in the state.
“Youths constitute the majority of the Criminal population in our society. From the arrests so far made, following the recent security breaches in the state, most of the suspects are youths. What this means is that if all the youths are gainfully engaged, criminality will be drastically reduced in the state”.
Uzodinma concluded by declaring last Saturday in June every year as Imo Youth Day and will also institute a forum for yearly regular interaction amongst the youths.
“I am delighted to inform you that as part of my government’s determination to engage our youths more proactively and make them more relevant, I will institute a forum for your yearly regular interaction, to take necessary steps to encourage you to take up the role of playing advocacy for peace for a crime-free Imo state. I am therefore delighted to dedicate the last Saturday in June every year, as Imo Youth Day”.
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