Rives State government has pledged to engage youths in development activities that will help them actualise their dreams of becoming future leaders.
Governor Nyesom Wike made the pledge at the grand finale of the 2015 International Youth Day Celebration at Isaac Boro Park, Port Harcourt.
Represented by his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Wike emphasized that youth development was paramount in the activities of government as reflected in its policy thrust for the state, noting that engagement of youths in productive ventures would check crimes and other negative vices in the society.
“The government is prepared to fulfill its promises that was launched during the electioneering campaign in all the 23 local government areas,” he stated.
He promised that youths would be provided with the enabling environment in whatever endeavour they choose, adding that those requiring skills would be given relevant assistance to enhance their potentials.
According to the governor, “we will ensure that education is given prominence, whenever bursary and scholarships are needed, it will be given and properly followed up, so that they will be able to apply themselves positively in the society.”
He commended the youths for uniting against cultism and for demonstrating their skills in various ways, while calling on them to join hands with the government to achieve the goals set by the “new Rivers vision.”
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth Development, Mrs. Clara Tam Nmebe, said the ministry had secured a foreign firm’s partnership to handle the construction of an integrated youth development centre.
She commended the efforts of the Wike-led administration, especially in the payment of outstanding tuition fees for Rivers youths studying overseas and those in public schools.
Nmebe called on the youths to be steadfast and give maximum support to the present administration, to enable it deliver projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.
In his address, the Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Rivers State Chapter, Sukubo Sara-Igbe, said the theme of this year’s celebration “Youth Civic Engagement” is in line with the United Nations action plan on “Youth Swap” programme, which sought to promote young people’s engagement at all levels of governance.
Sara–Igbe lauded the governor for the massive road rehabilitation work in the state, while calling on him to help retrieve the dry dock ship repair and maintenance project that had been hijacked to Lagos by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, as well as the H.B block project by Shell Petroleum Development Company.
Governor Wike was also honoured as Grand Patron of the National Youth Council of Nigeria. Highlights of the event were inspection of exhibition stands by Banigo and march past by various youth groups.

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