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Press Release Saga: Commissioner offers explanations

Commissioner for Youths and Sports interfaces with the leadership of Coal City Youth Development Initiative

…offers explanations.

By Raymond Okechukwu Ugwu, 17-8-20

The Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development Enugu State, Chief Manfred Nzekwe on Monday had an interactive session with the leadership of Coal City Youths Development Initiative led by Hon. Remigius Ejike Ozonwama.

The Hon. Commissioner, who warmly received the leadership of the organization expressed his happiness over the visit which he said has afforded him the opportunity to avail the organization what his ministry is doing and also to share ideas on how best to address the concerns of the youths in Enugu State.

He said upon assumption of office in May, 2020 he designed a lot of youth development and empowerment Programs which are yet to be implemented as a result of Corona virus lockdown which affected social gathering and reduced the optimal performance of the ministry.

He informed the leadership of the organization that he had interfaced with the leadership of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) on how to collate data of unemployed youths across the 17 LGA in Enugu State and find a sustainable means of empowering the youths.

He said the organization shouldn’t be worried about his age but his plans for the ministry and Enugu Youths in general.

He further restated his committment to driving Governor Ugwuanyi’s youth development and empowerment Programs and assured the leadership that Enugu youth will soon feel the impacts of the ministry as the Corona virus lockdown is gradually been eased, there will be a lot of sporting activities and other youth oriented Programs.
He further assured the leadership of his open door policy and readiness to partner with the Organization to reposition the youth constituency.

Reacting to his statements, the leadership told the Hon. Commissioner that the recent press release by the Organization is not out of ill-will or hatred for his person but it is her conviction and committment to flow with the intendment of the National Youth Policy, Not Too Young To Run Act and the African Youth Charter which already placed 35 years benchmark for the Youthful age.

The Organization thanked the Commissioner for his maturity, humility and for exhibiting strength of character in handling the reactions that thrilled the Organization’s press release.

They assured him of support and cooperation, having offered reasonable and convincing explanations to the issues raised by the Organization.

The Organization restates its committment to the enthronment of credible leadership and excellence in governance through advocacy, mass mobilization and active participation in the democratic processes.

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