During the youth empowerment scheme and scholarship award organised by Barr Sam Otobeze foundation at ochima in Igbo Etiti LGA. Enugu state. The President of the foundation Barr Sam Otobeze explained that when youths are occupied with profitable business ventures, they won’t have time to commit crime. According to him youths are vulnerable unless they build their personal security through human empowerment.
“ The moment you start thinking and projecting your business. You won’t have time for crime. Youths should reduce agitations. They should think inwards. Everyone has potential to become unique and successfull. Let’s not look for cheap means and crime. Any way they can use their head, use their hands, there are lots of opportunities, but we are not patient enough to look deep and discover them. Instead looking for quick fix, where is the money. No, life is not like that. They should come down, bend down, look for opportunities within their area. And then take it from there”.
While delivering her goodwill message the Enugu state commissioner for finance and economic development. Mrs Eucharia Offor urged the youths to lay good foundation for their future by Preparing today for better tomorrow.
“ It is encouraging our youths to become productive. Now that they are busy, they won’t be distracted by idleness. Not everyone will do white collar jobs. Some are better in starting their business. Youths should engage in something that will benefit them and their families.”
In his contribution the former Enugu state commissioner for local govt matters. Chief okey Ani advised youths to embrace humility, patience and wisdom.
“ Most important is humility, these days we don’t have humble youths. Another thing is patience. They are all in a hurry. They want to get rich quick They want to reach destination without making steps forward. And when you fly without wings. You break your leg. So I urge them to be patient take it easy, work hard and you will get there”.
Meanwhile the director general Nsukka chamber of Commerce, industry, mines and agriculture Dr Dan Ochi described skill acquisition as essential tool in tackling unemployment.
“ lf you are busy working, you will be concerned with adding value to yourself and family instead of causing trouble. When you have goals and personal development plans, you will be focused and won’t have time and energy to waste in negative actions”
Well, instead of waiting for government to satisfy all their needs, youths should wake up and take charge of their destiny. The traditional ruler of Idoha in Igbo Etiti LGA igwe Christian Eze has this to say.
“ Since Government cannot give all. Relying on self employment is reasonable. To empower the youths so they build their lives”.
The occassion featured the presentation of cheques as startup capital to beneficiaries of the scheme
Some of the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude
Emeka Abugu -” its a kind of self employment. Instead of being jobless and staying at home. It is better to find opportunities through skill acquisition programmes. Victor Enebechi “ instead of staying at home wasting time and talent. You find something doing. Gradually from low level, you attain great height”.
Capturing the moment the coordinator of Barr Sam Otobeze foundation and former Enugu state commissioner for Chieftaincy matters Pastor Emeka Abugu described youth empowerment as solution to peace and security in the land.
”It is a way of bringing peace to the community by empowering people to earn their living. Improving their financial fortunes and turning them into employers of labour. Youths should be responsible and follow due process to reach their goal”.