By Joe Akwarandu, Umuahia
The Abia state government says it would continue to partner with relevant international and local organisations towards providing training to Abia youths that would help them meet with current leadership challenges.
The governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu made the assertion while declaring open the 2017/2018 Rotary Youth Leadership Award at Gregory University, Uturu, Abia state.He stated that his administration was genuinely committed towards giving her esteemed youths the right orientation, training and direction.
Dr. Ikpeazu said that in his efforts to promote entrepreneurship, his government would work with organisations like Rotary International in order to engender and drive the creativity and innovation the youth required to transform the society.
According to him, given the growing economy uncertainties and rising rate of unemployment especially among the youths, there was the need to build their capacity to think out of the box and creating products and services that will meet the needs of the people.
Represented by his deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, the governor said that his government would provide the enabling environment to build up and entrench entrepreneurship as a veritable source of economic development, build a sustainable local business sector, generate income within the economy to create employment and build capacity.
The Abia state governor said that the promotion of Made-In-Aba goods and the Education for Employment (E4E) programme were some of the strategic enablers to drive the economic development of the state and her citizenry. He commended the Rotary International for organising the annual leadership youths programme which enabled the participants to acquire the necessary entrepreneurial skills for self-reliant, job creation and empowerment as well as their commitment in the fight against polio and other humanitarian services.
Speaking at the event, the representative of Vice Chancellor of the University and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Everest Anyahie said that the university was enthusiastic to host programme and wished them a successful session.
Also speaking, the District Governor 2017/18, District 9142, Dr. Emman Ude Akpeh noted that they chose Abia state as hosting venue because of the high population of Rotary Club members in the state and thanked the governor for finding their member, Rotarian Onyi Wamah, worthy for appointment as the state’s Head of Service.
He expressed that their coming to the state would help the youths to become the best they can and that the annual event involved students from all over the country as it was aimed at building future leaders.
In their remarks, some of the participating students, Mr. Chukwuma Christian and Miss Peace Ugo thanked the club for the privilege given to them to participate in the programmes.
Highlight of the event was the unveiling of the End-Polio and Four-Way-Test billboards by the governor’s representative, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu.