The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa said empowerment of youth will promote peace in the state.
He made the disclosure during the inauguration of projects executed by Oshimili South Local Government Council in Asaba.
The Governor expressed satisfaction with the projects, despite financial constraints.
He commended the Chairman of the council, Comrade Uche Osadebe, for his prudence and foresight in the management of the council and the area.
“My administration is doing a lot in terms of skill acquisition, because I believe that no amount of project will bring peace to the communities, if the youths and women are not gainfully engaged.
I am excited with what I saw here, because I know there is paucity of funds within the local government council.”
“I am also glad that you are engaging our youths to ensure that more youths are able to use their brains to work and earn a living for themselves.
The more we engage the youth, the more skills they acquire and the more peace we are likely to have, but more importantly, the more productive youths we will have in the state.”
He commended Asaba youths for their conduct during the #ENDSARS protests, especially in chasing away the hoodlums that tried to hijack the protest.
“The State Government would support the families of the two youths who lost their lives while defending Asaba from being vandalised by the hoodlums.
My administration would construct the road leading to the council secretariat in 2021.”
The Chairman of the council, Osadebe, had said that the council under his watch, provided employment for the youths through its strategic revenue generation drive.
“We took hard decisions to cut costs and the outcome is the projects we are inaugurating today.
We also embarked on the expansion of primary health care facilities in the local Government, sustained routine monthly environmental sanitation, re-modeling of the Council Secretariat gate with solar security lights among others”.
The projects include the reconstructed Oshimili South Local Government Executive Council Complex, Skill Acquisition Centre and Solar Street Lights.