Anambra State Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Prof. Theresa Obiekezie, has identified skill acquisition and value re-orientation as cardinal means for socio-economic development of the youths.
She stated this during a courtesy visit by Executive members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Anambra State chapter, in her office.
She attributed high rates of unemployment and negative indulgences by youths to apathy on issues of skill acquisition and value system, and called for attitudinal change.
Obiekezie urged youths to take advantage of various empowerment opportunities created by the Ministry to lift themselves out of poverty and joblessness.
While reiterating the resolve of the government to tour all the communities to train youths on skill acquisition for self-reliance, she added that trainees might be certified by the government after the programme.
She, then, urged the delegation to eschew corrupt practices, initiate youth development programmes and carry recognised youth bodies along in its activities for cross fertilisation of ideas.
The Director General, Digital Entrepreneurship Office, Engr. Ifeanyi Aniagoh, enjoined the council to articulate positive concepts aimed at effecting changes that could transform youths to idea bearers.
He specifically called on them to facilitate training opportunities for youths’ engagement and empowerment rather than pursuit of selfish interest.
Earlier, the State Chairman of NYCN, Comrade Samuel Egwuatu, had told the Commissioner that the council as the apex youth body in the state had partnered government in its various intervention programmes.
He added that they were willing to support and work with the Commissioner to enable her to succeed in actualising the vision of the state government for youths.
In a remark, Mr. Peter Nnekwe, a youth leader, said that under his watch, youths in Anambra East Council Area were engaged in conflict management committees formed to broker peace among warring communities in the area.