An interest group in Imo State wants estab A Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku has called on government at all levels to deeply involve youths in the development of agriculture to make them self-reliant and boost the nation’s economy.
Chief Anyaoku made the call at his sixth Annual Lecture Series held at International Conference Centre Abakaliki. The Former Secretary General observed that the annual event was among other things aimed at providing youths with a window for self-expression and economic development.
He stressed that the challenge of massive unemployment facing youths in the country had made it imperative for their effective participation in the Agricultural agenda of the government. Chief Anyaoku called on Ebonyi State government to bring to reality its determination to resuscitate Nigeria Cement Company, NIGERCEM Nkalagu as it remained a potential opportunity for economic development and job creation.
Governor David Umahi represented by the Commissioner for Justice, Chief Augustine Nwankwegu explained that the state government had lived up to expectation in the empowerment of youths through Agriculture.
The President General, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo who the Chairman of the event regretted that youths in the country had taken to non-sustainable ways of making money and called for a value reorientation. A former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Ebonyi State University, Professor Egwu U. Egwu had while delivering a lecture entitled, ‘’Agriculture and Good Governance, Securing our future’’ called on the Federal Government to improve on its budgetary provision for the sector to meet up with the expectations of genuine farmers. The Lecture attracted people from various walks of life including University undergraduates.