The Imo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Dan Chike Ogu has commended the National Leader of Hope Rising for Imolites, Success Obioma Akaburuonye on his successful training and empowerment of hundreds of youth via skills acquisition in the areas of solar energy, CCTV installation among other spheres of interests to the participants.
The commissioner who represented Governor Hope Uzodinma stated this at the country home of the sponsor, Chief Akaburuonye in Aboh Mbaise LGA where he graced the colourful event of the graduation and award giving ceremony for the graduands.
He thanked the legal as well as business mogul for his courage and benevolence in uplifting the youths and curbing youth restiveness.
Ogu praised the graduands for their will and doggedness in participating in the intensive and extensive training for Imolites from all the LGAs of the state. He stated that the productive programme is coming at the right time and urged the youths not to relent but go all out to practice what they’ve been thought business-wise and also train others to become self employed.
The “golden commissioner” reiterated the commitment of the Shared Prosperity Government of Governor Hope Uzodinma in sustaining its various youth empowerment intervention programmes and keying into private and corporate empowerment programmes as veritable means of fighting poverty and restiveness in Imo State.
He decried an apparent apathy by the youths on issues of skills acquisition in preference for white-collar jobs. And stated that the Imo state government had initiated various youth development programmes, chief among them being the empowerment of 15,000 youths with requisite training and start up grants of N250,000 each aimed at equipping them with the skills to drive them into economic sustainability and entrepreneurship.
He commended the organization for embarking on various career development activities and assured that the government will always help drive such programmes always.
The major highlight of the event was the award of one participation slot for the most outstanding graduand to participate at a forthcoming national youth conference on entrepreneurship and presentation of certificates and start up tools to the graduands by the Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Dan Ogu.
Also at the event was the immediate past Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Iyke Njoku, the APC Chairman of Aboh Mbaise LGA, the Youth Leader and Women Leader of Hope Rising for imolites among other notable personalities.