Youths from the South East Nigeria converged to chart a pathway into the future in Owerri, Imo State. The gathering witnessed public dignitaries, the agenda of the gathering was reviewed by the program Coordinator, Mr. Peter Egbule, that the summit was organized to empower, engage and help the South East youths in Nigeria to identify their potentials as well as work on it.
The program Coordinator, Mr. Peter Egbule stated that the Nigerians youths have the capacity that would transform their situation for the better and adding values to the society, that Nigerian youths must remain focused and explore the variety of opportunities within their environment.
“The theme of this summit which is understanding and exploring youth-alienation values, ethics, education and orientation, focuses on a broad range of human development issues. The youths will have practical set of thinking as well as behavior that ensures sustained human development at all levels and in all spheres,”
That the summit was organized by Osiqwe Anyiam Osiqwe foundation in line with its objectives, that “The take away of my talk was the apology for our leaders having failed to provide the environment that will easily bring out the best in the youths thus disposing them to criminality.
At the summit, one of the speaker also appeal to the youth to focus their energy towards achieving their goal and influencing their society positively, but the speaker also tendered their apology for the failure of the past leaders. That It was unfortunate that the present youth not enjoying the conducive environment for them to add value, that nevertheless that should not be an excuse because something did not work and you decided not to do anything and you tied yourself to what we call the blame game.
“Blame game will never put food on your table. Yes you know your past but the story is to create a perfect future. The issue of youth empowerment, I thought the youth would say, yes it has been abused. Instead of youth empowerment, I say it is time we shift away from the entitlement mindset because people have these entitlement feelings that somebody must solve my problems.” Economic transformation On the issue of development,
He said: “The importance of industrialization and economic transformation on the continental level is reflected in both the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and Africa’s agenda 2063.
The Africa we want and at the national level are in both the NIPR document and the mission of the Oil and Gas Free zone Authority.
“As a defining concept, industrialization and economic transformation are critical for translating the national GDP, growth performance into longer term, inclusive, job-rich, and sustainable development. This is particularly important in light of the recent economic slow-down, triggered by low commodity prices and fall in demand from Europe and China.”
He added, “Africa’s growth is expected to strengthen again next year, and is likely to be based mainly on commodities exports industries and services. Job-rich growth in manufacturing is not yet a major part of Africa’s story. Its economies continue to be particularly vulnerable to fluctuations in commodity prices and other external shocks.”
At the summit youths have been advised to forgive their leaders for failing to provide them the enabling environment to fulfill their dreams.
Ex-chairman of Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, OGFZA, Hon. Chris Asoluka, encouraged the youths to focus on their dream and should not see the failure of their leaders as an excuse not to succeed.