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By Juliana O Nwachukwu :

Onitsha, Aug. 12, 2019 (MOI) Commissioner for Youths Empowerment and Creative Economy, Mr Afam Mbanefo has appealed to youths in Onitsha to engage in skills acquisition.                                                                                                                                                               

The commissioner said this in a speech at Shanaham Hall, the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha, during an International Youth Day 2019 on Aug. 10.

The celebration has a theme: ``Amplifying Youth Voices for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.

He enjoined them to beware of 3rd World syndrome, avoid troubles and become meaningful to themselves.                                                                                                                                               

The commissioner was represented at the occasion by Mr Osy Onunkwo, a senior staff of the ministry.

Mrs Chuba Chuba on behalf of Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) said the role of SMEDAN include making available all resources needed to provide skills.

She added said that their other roles were to promote growth, work with agency that provided funding as well as assess loans.                                                                                             

Zonal Inspector NYSC, Awka, Mrs Ngozi Ekpe in her speech said that their target was to end poverty, ensure healthy living and promote quality of education.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

She said added that they target women empowerment, sustainable environment, promotion of peaceful societies for sustainable development by strengthening the means of implementation and Global partnership.

Earlier in his keynote address, Chief Obiora Okonkwo, founder Pro-value Humanity Foundation Nigeria said that they were to impact on skills acquisitions by the youths to eradicate poverty, to establish recreational techniques and vocational education.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

He also said that they would build some Institutions, where skills would be taught and supervised by an institution like Ogidi Community Secondary School.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Coordinator, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Onitsha South Chapter, Mr Echezona Dunu said the event was to re-orient and empower youths through provisions of SDGs.                                                                                                                     

He also said that it was to help the youths to develop their skills and talents.

Mr urged them to shun cultism, avoid use of hard drugs and engage in skills acquisition that would help them to aspire to better tomorrow.  (MOI)