Anambra state Governor, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, CFR has assured the youths in the state of his government’s determination to empower them by setting aside the sum of N2.5 billion budgeted for Youth engagement and empowerment.
Governor Soludo gave the assurance in Awka on Friday when he was hosted as a Special Guest of Honour at the event organized by Youths Earnestly Seek Solution (YESS)
The event was also used to unveil policy document and youth empowerment programme of the group to celebrate its three years anniversary.
Prof. Soludo recalled the hurdle members of the group passed through to support his governorship ambition stressing that they were the first support group to endorse his governorship ambition. He commended them for championing the disruptive change by showing good examples of how youths in the country ought to participate in politics.
The Governor revealed he was involved in politics as an undergraduate and founded the Ekwueme movement saying that idealism and passion were his major driving force back then.
He added that the same way they believed in him even before the campaigns ensued was the same way he believed in Dr. Alex Ekwueme.
Governor Soludo, however, expressed regrets at seeing that over the years, politics have been turned into a business venture, emphasizing that unfortunately, the society have also failed the youths.
He described as unfortunate situation where a country’s past is more glorious than its present while assuring that a new society is possible and for every challenge lies opportunity.
According to Governor Soludo, “The concept of volunteerism means offering to serve and to do things that are positive. We are looking for value. What value are you going to render? This question goes to those seeking for public office. Every appointment we are giving, we must ensure there is an existing vacancy for it. We are replacing the era of entitlement culture with productivity and empowerment where the youths take the future into their own hands and become agents of wealth creation.”
Governor Soludo reiterated that with the movement of YESS, everyone has something to offer in government and the private sector.
In line with his campaign promise, he expressed desire to see Anambra youths become employers of labour, pointing out that by becoming employers of labour, they would no longer become part of the problems but part of solution.
Personalities in attendance were Chief Osita Chidoka, former Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps and Former Minister of Aviation, Prof. Solo Chukwudobelu, Secretary to the State Government, Hon Chinedu Nwoye (Glamour), Deputy Chief of Staff/ Chief Protocol and Mr. Patrick Agha-Mba, Commissioner for Youths Development.
Others were: Barr. Sylvester Ezeokenwa, Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Collins Nwabunwanne, Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Dr. Nelson Omenugha, Special Adviser on Youth Empowerment Programme among others.
Photo: (L-R): Chief Osita Chidoka, former Minister of Aviation and Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo, Executive Governor of Anambra State during the third anniversary celebration of the Youths Earnestly Seek Solution in Awka yesterday.
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