Elechi Wants Nigerian Youths To Engage Themselves In Skill Acquisition And Agriculture.
BY WILFRED CHIMEREMEZE, ABAKALIKI
Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State has called on the Nigerian Youths to focus their interest on Skill acquisition and Agriculture as the only option to tackle the problem of unemployment.
Governor Elechi, who made the charge on the occasion of the 2014 International Youth Day Celebration at the Women Development Centre, Abakaliki, condemned the attitude of the Youths for rushing into business that is of high risky behaviour.
Governor Elechi, represented by the State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Samuel Mgbada said: “It is no gain saying that Agriculture and some trades are more rewarding than white collar jobs. But our Youths rather than embrace these trades or skills, have much interest in Okada or Keke Napepe transport outfits, with lots of risk involved”.
He expressed dismay that in spite of the huge investments that his administration has put into Agriculture, the Youths are yet to embrace this viable alternative.
According to him, the fortune of the Nigerian Youths will be much better if they can show more interest and commitment to Agriculture.
Governor Elechi said, he was impressed with the theme of this year’s International Youth Day: “the challenge of Youth unemployment: way forward”, and thus urged the Youths to seize the occasion to have a re-think and re-address their focus to gainful trades and skill acquisition.
Speaking also, Dr. Okezie Kelechi of the Neigbourhood Environment Watch, in a paper, entitled: “Youth, Security and National Development” said that Youth shape the future of nation by replacing the previous generation in key political, social and cultural rules, and thus, urged Government to consider those youths with mental health challenges, the weak and the oppressed, in the National Development Plan.
He charged the Youths not to waist their time thinking of what they would do if they had the means, influence and educational advantage, but rather engage in thinking on what they will do with the things that they have.
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