Bonaventure Enemali, the Anambra State commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, has urged youths in the state to take ownership of their jobs.
Enemali gave the admonition on March 13, during a summit organised for officers in various local government areas in the state, at the Conference Hall of the Ministry.
The summit, which was entitled: “Effective, Proactive and Efficient Youth Engagement’’, was well attended by all youth development officers across the 21 LGAs of the state, including those at the headquarters.
Addressing the participants at the summit, Enemali, noted that the summit was symbolic, as it was aimed at exposing the youth officers to necessary tools that would help them do their work effectively and efficiently.
“As youth officers, you are to be poised to face challenges of youth development. You are the government the youths are seeing in every LGA.
“You are the counsellors and teachers, who can make or mar the youths of the state; therefore, you need to know more and be better equipped, hence this summit,’’ Enemali said.
He urged the officers to get closer to the youths and sensitise them at their various LGAs in order to ensure that Anambra State youths are happy and benefiting from what the government was providing them.
Steph-Keri Uzor, the permanent secretary of the ministry, enjoined the officers to change their mindset and attitude toward work, saying they should be role models to other youths in the state.
She also noted that Governor Willie Obiano was passionate about youth development and empowerment: “work hard toward achieving that.’’
In his presentation, Ugo Emechebe, the senior special assistant, SSA, to the governor on Youth Entrepreneurship, noted that in order to be a good youth development officers, youth engagement was critical.
Emechebe described youth engagement as getting young people involved in responsible and challenging actions that would create positive social change.
He, then, urged the officers to live and work toward this direction in their various LGs.
He also pointed out five effective keys to youth engagement to include believing in youths, networking, meeting them where they were developing plans and programmes for reaching them.
And humility, follow up and giving credit and acknowledging people’s ideas.
Irene Okafor, another youth, urged them to prepare themselves, as they could not give what they didn’t have.
“Read books, drive the young people to educate themselves; deal with their fears and not promoting their fears,’’ she urged.
In his presentation, Sule Momodu, the commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in Anambra State, enjoined the officers to take the gospel against illicit drug abuse and peddling to the youths in their various localities.
The NDLEA boss intimated that drug had ruined many youths in Nigeria, noting that people who take drugs were faced with lots of challenges, ranging from health to marriage break ups, armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and many other social vices.
He admonished them to institute drug education at their various places of assignment.
In a vote of thanks, Chibuzor Udeh thanked the ministry for the wonderful opportunity given to them to expand their knowledge on their duties as youth development officers, noting that the programme was a rare privilege.
On behalf of other participants, he pledged to be more proactive, diligent and hardworking toward achieving the vision of the Obiano government and those of the ministry.
– Mar. 18, 2019 @11:35 GMT |