Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
Fifty thousand youths are expected to gather at the Umuahia Township Staduim, Umuahia, the Abia state capital, on March 15, for the grand finale of the maiden edition of the Abia Youth Mega Summit.
The Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade Iyke Anyatonwu stated this while unveiling the logo for the summit in Umuahia, saying the particpants would be drawn from 280 registered youth organizations in the state.
Anyatonwu said the finale would be preceded by an interactive session by 15,000 particpants with Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on the previous day at the International Conference Centre (ICC), in the capital.
He said the present administration in the state wants to change the narrative on youth development in the state by involving them in charting a new way for them from empowerment to investing in them.
“The Ministry of Youth Development is about development and job creation. We are convinced that it is going to be a success. We have gone beyond rhetorics to facing the challenges of the youths,” he said.
According to Anyatonwu, who said a communiqué on the interaction would be issued at the rally, added that Ikpeazu would use the forum to re-emphasise the administration’s policy trust on youth engagement and development.
Similarly, the Special Adviser to Ikpeazu on Public Communication, Barrister Onyebuchi Emenanka said the administration was the first in the country to create a date base website for youth development and employment.
Emenanka also said it was creating employments through the Education for Employment Programme (EforE) and conducive business environment to both small and medium scale entrepreneurs.
In his contribution, the Media Sub-committee chairman for the rally, Mr. Ifeanyi Umere, said one of the high points of the summit would be deliberations on the establishment of the proposed Abia State Youth Trust Fund.
Maintaining that the fund would be managed by people with track records of good character and achievements in various fields of endeavour, the chairman added that the event would be annual and private-sector driven.