The State Deputy Governor Dr. Ada Okwuonu has challenged the Nigeria Youth Parliament to initiate programmes and policies that would address the involvement of Youths in Cultism and other anti-social activities in the Country.
Dr. Okwuonu gave the challenge while receiving on behalf of the Governor, the Speaker and the Zonal leaders of the Nigerian Youth Parliament who came on interactive session at the Government House Owerri.
She regretted that the involvement of youths in cultism and other anti-social activities are giving parents sleepless nights, charged them to be concerned with how the nation would be in future if these problems were not addressed.
The Deputy Governor stressed that the State Government has mapped out a number of Youth programmes while 25% of the salaries of political office holders is being reserved for the revamping of the Educational sector in addition to the Ten thousand job opportunities to be created by the State Governor aimed at preparing the Nigerian Youth for the future.
She commended the parliamentarians for their efforts to come together with focused programmes for the Youth in the State promising that the State Government would continue to play her role for the youths.
Speaking, the State Commissioner for women affairs and social development Dame Anagam Ononuju said that the move toward addressing the problems of the youth is a welcome development.
The commissioner for Youth and Sports, Chief Tony Uzoukwu said that the Ministry had a lot of Youth programmes including scholarships from Donor Agencies that would take care of the education of some youths in the state, had been initiated.
Earlier the speaker of the Youth parliament, Luke Unofiok representing Akwa-Ibom South-South zone explained that they were in the state as part of their legislative function of addressing Youth problems in the homes.
The Speaker explained that the Youth parliament inaugurated in 2008 is a platform where people are framed for leadership responsibilities and commended the Governor for his efforts at addressing the problems of Youths in the State as well as other records of achievements.