Ude Oko Chukwu, the Deputy Governor of Abia State has urged leaders to empower people in skill acquisition and agricultural production to rescue Nigeria from the many challenges that include unemployment, banditry, and kidnapping, among others.
Oko Chukwu made this known at the Catholic Politicians and Captains of Industry Forum where he spoke on the theme, “State of the Nigerian Nation: CPCIF Chats On Way Forward For The Common Good”.
The deputy governor pleaded with participants to come up with various ideas that can be employed in dealing with some of the many problems facing the country and create employment opportunities for the youths.
Chukwu referenced Abia state to illustrate how issues of unemployment were solved through brainstorming on areas where the state had a competitive and comparative advantage. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu was able to provide an opportunity for employment by adopting massive Small and Medium Scale Enterprises for unemployed youthful undergraduates and skilful people in the state.
He also spoke to fathers at the forum, stating that God has given them certain roles and it is their responsibility to rethink ways to checkmate their homes as all the myriads of problems facing the country comes from the home.
Mr Philip Shaibu, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, and Dr Benedict Alabi, his Osun counterpart both stated in their separate address that participants should strive to make a difference in their own little ways. They also urged politicians to speak boldly to leaders on matters that affect the nation.
They both called on the private sector and the government to chart a new cause to move Nigeria forward.