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ENSG tasks youths on self employment

By The Citizen
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Youths in Enugu state have been advised to start on time to plan for self employment even while in the schools to be able to outgrow the problem of unemployment.

This was made known by the Enugu State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Chijioke Agu who gave this advice during a youth leadership and entrepreneurship seminar organized by the Anabel Leadership Academy in collaboration with the University of Nigeria at the Enugu Campus of the university.

He said that the seminar was aimed at creating awareness for youths to begin to look at areas where they could become employable and employers of labour.

Commissioner Agu expressed the readiness of the state government to support and partner with the initiative for the benefit of the teeming youths in the state.

He said that the administration of Governor Sullivan Chime had done a lot to find a solution to the problem of youths unemployment through the Songhai/Enugu Agricultural initiative where the youths were assisted to have their own farms.

Speaking in an interview, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Professor Bartho Okolo, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ifeoma Enemuo, noted that the target of the seminar was the students who could face challenges of unemployment after their studies.

Professor Okolo expressed hope that the seminar would empower the student to not only get employed but to give employment to others and make Nigeria a better place for all.

Also in his speech, the Chief Executive Officer of Anabel Leadership Academy, Mr. Nicholas Okoye explained that the programme entitled :Empower Nigeria' was aimed at shifting the focus of job creation from the role of the government to that of the private sector.

Mr. Okoye said that the greatest crisis Nigeria had was unemployment, adding that the problem of insecurity would continue to be challenging if the youths were not engaged in jobs.

He noted that with proper guidance, the youths had their own ideas that could get them self-employed.

Participants in the seminar were students drawn from different departments of the university.