Allwell Ihunda: Youths instruments of peace, development *Says youths belong productive sector of any society
Mayor Of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, (PHALGA) Sir Allwell Ihunda JP says importance of youths in any society cannot be overemphasized, as they are always instrumental to peace and development.
This is contained in a release issued by the Chief Press Secretary,
Bob Abayomi, PHALGA.
Addressing the officials of Rivers State Ministry of Youth Development when they paid an Advocacy visit to the City Council, yesterday, Sir Allwell insisted that youths belonged to the productive sector of any society.
the Mayor appealed to youths of Port Harcourt to live up to expectations thereby having the desire to get trained so as not only to become employable but also employers of labour.
Hear him: “The youths of every society belong to the most important sector, hence their roles cannot be overemphasized.
The importance of youths in any society cannot be overemphasized because they are always instrumental to peace and development.’
Speaking further, Sir Allwell, described without peace and security as fundamental factors for the enhancement of peace and development, noting that “no society can achieve any meaningful development without peace and development. And I, therefore, use this medium to appeal to youths in Port Harcourt Local Government Area to continue to live up to expectations, maintain peace and promote development.
Continuing, the youth oriented Chairman, explained that the hike in the rate of unemployment bedeviling the society could only be mitigated through trades and skills development, as he reassured that his administration would, as a matter of necessity, fulfil its mandate to deliver the youths from unemployment and its accompanying adverse effects.
“You will agree with me that the surest way out of the unemployment quagmire and youth restiveness bedeviling our society today is trades and skills development. The Entrepreneurship and Empowerment programme of our Administration will go a long way to solve these challenges, equip our women and youths in various skills and make them employable,also employers of labour”, Sir Allwell Ihunda said.
In addition, Sir Ihunda advised the youths to ensure they participate in the ongoing continuous voters registration exercise and get registered to vote.
“I want to urge all of you especially those who have either misplaced their permanent voters cards, damaged their cards, or those who wish to transfer their voting centers to do so online, while those registering for the first time should visit the Inec office in the Local Government Area on Aba road beside the popular CFC busstop.”
Corroborating, Commissioner for Youths Development, Rivers State, Hon. Prince Obi Ohia applauded the Mayor for initiating the Entrepreneurship and Empowerment programme of the council, saying it is a veritable access to reduce the unemployment index of the state.
He said: “the vision of his ministry is to see how youths of the state can be developed so as to achieve their full potentials and become productive to the state, hence they embarked on the Advocacy programme across the Twenty three Local Governments Areas of the state.”
Prince Obi Ohia further warned youths of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area to shun all forms of social vices that are inimical to the peace and development of the city.
“I have discovered that one major factor militating against the development of our society today is cultism amongst youths,we must look for a way to get rid of this monster. We have rolled out several programmes that will reintegrate repentant cultists and misguided youths back into society”, he said.
Also speaking, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Roland Obed-Whyte rolled out the registration process of the ministry to various youth groups in the local government area,also he said groups that are already registered should ensure they revalidate their membership.
Meanwhile, the youths, who took turns to ask questions bothering their welfare, were satisfied with the kind responses as tendered by the Commissioner.