Journalists in Ebonyi State, Sunday, reacted to Governor David Umahi’s N3bn Endsars youths empowerment programme lunched in the state recently.
Not less than 3000 youths, including women will benefit from the programme.
They commended the Governor for being the first State Governor in Nigeria to successfully organized #EndSARS youth summit, aimed at addressing all the youth agitations, perceptions and other burning national issues that triggered the #EndSARS protests that almost grounded the entire country, and described it as a demonstration of a true leadership and his special love for the youth population.
The members of Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ebonyi State Council, that comprised representatives of National Newspapers and Broadcast outfits, made their position known in a communiqué endorsed by the Chairman, Comrade Jacob Ogodo and the Secretary, Comrade Nwafor Samson, in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, at the weekend, wherein they described the #EndSARS youth summit organized by Umahi’s administration as a huge success.
“We wish to commend very highly, the Ebonyi State government ably led by His Excellency, Governor David Umahi for making huge efforts to address the issues raised by the youths during the #EndSARS protests. We thank His Excellency for introducing #EndSARS Empowerment Programme and approving the sum of Three Billion Naira (N3,000,000,000.00) to inject in the empowerment of not less than 3000 Ebonyians, including youths and women.
“The just concluded 7-day youths #EndSARS summit organized by the Ebonyi State Government was another pragmatic and laudable step of His Excellency, the Governor, in engaging the youth population. And for being the first State Governor to organize such a summit after the #EndSARS protests of last year,2020, that nearly grounded the entire country, is a demonstration of true leadership, his love and commitment to the welfare of the youths. We therefore, call on other leaders and State Governors to toe this noble path of His Excellency, Governor of Ebonyi State,” they stated
The Chapel further noted that the quality of contents and the personalities assembled by the State Government to teach and inspire the over 1500 Ebonyi youth who participated in the summit were unprecedented and expressed confidence that the participants would never remain the same.
“We urge that this type of youth summit should be made a period event by Government at all levels, as it would go long way in the reorientation of our youths in order to check a repeat of the likes of #EndSARS protests in the future,” the communiqué added.
The Chapel also advised the participants in the just concluded Ebonyi State #EndSARS youth summit to make positive use of the knowledge acquired from the summit.Ends