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Onu advocates age-grade youth system for empowerment

By Segun Olaniyi, Abuja
15 December 2020   |   4:05 am
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the age-grade youth system in Nigeria society is a viable strategy to address unemployment, crime reduction and sustainable youth empowerment.

Ogbonnaya Onu

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the age-grade youth system in Nigeria society is a viable strategy to address unemployment, crime reduction and sustainable youth empowerment.

He said that the system would help to develop youths into resourcefulness and responsible leaders.

Onu said this when Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing conferred him with the 2020 heroes award as the Foremost Igbo Political Leader in Contemporary Nigeria in Enugu State at the weekend.

According the minister, the age-grade system promotes peace, unity, patriotism, competitiveness and character development in communities. He further said that Nigerian youths had played key roles in the development of their communities.

Onu, who appreciated the youths for the award and tasked them to embrace science, technology and innovation as a necessary tool for national development, added: “Our desire as a nation to diversify our economy, build infrastructure, improve schools and hospitals, strengthen the currency, feed our people, generate enough jobs, defeat poverty and secure our nation can only be achieved through effective utilisation of science and technology.

“When we are able to produce most of our needs at home and export the surplus, we will win the war for economic independence. This will help us create enough jobs for our people, as well as create wealth for both our citizens and the nation.”

Earlier at the event, President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide, Chief Arthur Obiora, said Onu was a role model to Igbo youths and a politician with humility and integrity.

He further described the minister as a true Igbo son, who has continued to build bridges of understanding and oneness among other ethnic groups in the country.