The governor of Imo State, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, has said the state government would implement economic friendly programs for the women and youths of the state.

Ihedioha spoke in his keynote address delivered at the 7th Professor Celestine Onwuliri memorial lecture held at the Conference Hall of Chris VI Hotels, Ahiara, Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of the state, Friday.

The governor who spoke on the topic “Partnering With Women and Youth for economic and sustainable Development in Imo State” decried the level of youth unemployment and lack of women empowerment in the state.

He promised that women and youth would play prominent roles in his admiration.

He said, “our government shall be sensitive to gender issues, and ensure gender equity in government appointments and activities. We shall equip Imo women and youth with resources, micro-credits, skills training and entrepreneurship programmes to ensure productive undertakings”. This is our agenda and our vision for women and youths in Imo State. I dream of an Imo State where women are not marginalized because of their gender or for any reason at all.”

Ihedioha said that through the revival of the technical colleges in the states, Youths with technical skills would be horned and equipped to become independent and employers of labour labour.

He stated,” Our government shall ensure that young people get the right orientation towards becoming employers of labour, instead of aspiring to qualify for employment. This we shall achieve through various community development projects and empowerment programmes targeting young people and Women especially school leavers and graduates and designed to fund the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills and mind-set.”

He noted that his administration will unleash and tap from the enormous potentials of the youths and women.

“Time has come therefore to retrain and reposition our Youths and Women. Time has come to unleash the enormous potentials of our Women and Youths. Time has indeed come to galvanise and mobilise the energies and abilities of our Women and Youths for the great and urgent task of Rebuilding Imo State, to the glory of God and mankind. We urgently need all the energy, brains, brawn, imagination and talents that our young people and Women can bring to bear on our problems. Imo cannot be creative and innovative without the full participation of it’s Women and young people. My ambition is to be that Governor that made this possible.” Ihedioha said

The high point of the event was the presentation of a Leadership award to His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ihedioha, by Chinemerem Daniel Onwuliri, on behalf of the Professor Celestine Onwuliri Foundation.

Credit: Office of the Special Assistant New Media.

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