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Lawmakers to legislate Abia youth sustainable development Fund


Okezie Ikpeazu. PHOTO:

The Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has proposed a bill before the state house of Assembly for the creation of Abia State Youth Trust Fund.

The Commissioner for youth development, Mr Iyke Anyatonwu who unveiled this while speaking on the planned Abia Youth Mega Summit slated for next month in Umuahia, said the Fund will not be funded by the state government directly.

The Commissioner who disclosed that there are presently 280 registered youth organisations in the state, said governor Ikpeazu’s policy is to change the old way of empowering youths by giving them funds or vehicles to investing in them through creating institutions for their training stressing that doing so would have multiplier effect.

The Commissioner said through the Abia State Youth Mega Summit, Ikpeazu is changing the narrative in the state with respect to youth empowerment pointing out that “ if we keep empowering the youths the old way, we will indefinitely but when you invest in the youths, you have created institutions on which they strive on their own to achieve competitive success hence government cannot do it alone.”

He stated that the event would be an annual event with the aim of exposing youths to the government’s idea of first building factories/institutions where they will learn trades even outside the country.
According to the Commissioner, who unveiled the Abia Youth Mega Summit Logo during the event, said Abia youths who will attend the summit from every ward in the state will interface with policy makers and those that have made it in their various endeavours.

Giving insight into the scheduled two-day summit, the Commissioner said that the first Summit day, 15th March 2018, about 15,000 youths would feature in interaction with the governor.

The second day will feature about 50,000 participating youths including students from secondary and tertiary institutions adding that already, a database of unemployed and employable youths and their areas of skills and competence had been compiled under the state Education For Employment (E4E) programme.

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