Treasure Ochemeje Lokoja
Piqued by the alarming rate of unemployment and criminality allegedly perpetuated by the youths, the Kogi state commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo has called on youths across the country to embrace agriculture and vocational trades for self sustaining.
The Commissioner who made the plea while speaking at an Award Ceremony organised by the Kogi Youth Alliance in Lokoja on Monday, said that the call became imperative as White Collar jobs are not available under the prevailing depressed economy in the country.
The commissioner who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Yahaya Bello on Public Relations, Abereoran Olusegun, declared that the only option left for the survival of Nigerian Youths is for them to go into agriculture and other vocational trades such as Tailoring, Fabrication, Painting/Decoration and Fashion and Design.
On the high level of insecurity ravalging the nation, the commissioner admonished the youths not to allow themselves to be used for selfish interest but shun acts that could lead to their untimely deaths.
In his welcome address, the President of the Group, Olufemi Temitope said the Youth Alliance deemed it necessary to confer Award of Excellence to eleven distinguished citizens of Kogi for their contributions towards Grassroots Development and other Humanitarian Services for improved condition of living.
“This is a yearly Programme of the Youth Alliance which started as far back as 1992 to give honour to whom it is due interms of contributing for the well-being of its immediate Society. As youths we need to appreciate those who are out in full force to uplift the living standard of the less privileged in the society” Temitope affirmed.
The Future Leaders were educated on “The Role of Youths In Nation Building, Especially Under Depressed Economy” being a lecture delivered by the Publisher of The Nigeria post Newspaper, Mr. Michael Abuh to give glamour to the Award Ceremony.
The eleven beneficiaries of the Kogi Youth Alliance Award were; Engr. Bisi Ojuola, Engr. Philip Oloruntoba, Pharm Peace Joe, Mrs Fatima Suleiman, MrJ.O. Alomati, Engr Kehinde Adekonyin, Berikisu Sani, Elder J Olarewaju, Deji Ajare, Hon S.O Adeleye and Mr and Mrs Ayodele.