By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
Anambra State Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon Patrick Aghamba, says government will create favourable opportunities to drive the economic sustainability agenda for youths in the state.
Speaking during a meeting with representatives of various youth organizations at the ministry’s hall, he said the business hub would be established in council areas to train and connect youths to trending career ventures.
The commissioner said the objective was to create a network under public private partnership where they could be meaningfully engaged on completion of the programme.
He added that, already, consultations and useful discussions had commenced with stakeholders across the state, including traditional rulers, presidents general, captains of industry, as well as Anambra Small Business Agency (ASBA).
While explaining that youths were expected to play critical roles to actualize the present administration’s Mega Smart City Initiative, he said the ministry would soon embark on a sensitization tour of all the 21 local government areas.
He said time had come for youths to take some measure of control over their future by being disciplined, enterprising, hardworking and to shun all forms of negative indulgences that could destroy them.
Hon Aghamba then assured the youth representatives that his office would address some of the challenges militating against their operations, adding that they would be fully carried along in the implementation of programmes.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Louisa Ezeanya, urged youths to align with programmes designed to empower them to be self-reliant and contribute meaningfully to societal development.
While appreciating the participants for attending the meeting, she charged them to step down the message to their various organizations and strive to be change agents.
Some of the participants, including Bro Nwabueze Nwokoye, chairman, Youth Wing of Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), NKem Amene; Regional Commander, Man ‘O War, Emeka Okolo; the state secretary, Anambra State Association of Town Unions, Youth Wing, described the meeting as timely and called for its sustenance.