Renowned Economist and a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Prof. Pat Utomi has described the excruciating level of poverty and unemployment in the country as very sad and heart breaking.
Utomi stated this when he paid a familiarisation visit to the members of the APC Delta Central Elders and Leaders Forum at Chief Sylvester Knowhow’s residence in Effurun-Warri, weekend.
He blamed past governments for the prevailing high youth unemployment in the country, nothing that over reliance in oil against diversification of the economy affected the growth of the other sector which could have created jobs for the youth.
Utomi stated further that all parents pray that their children should be greater and more successful than the parent, but that is not the case of Nigeria where a parent will labour to see their Children through school, only to continue to feed and clothe them after graduation.
He added that, “a situation where parents worked and retired and their children can’t find job is very disheartening and unacceptable.”, stressing that a state like Delta has every potential to be great, but poor leaders has stunted its greatness and development over the years.
While welcoming new members of the APC who recently joined the party from the Labour Party, Utomi assured them that as one of the drafter of the APC change manifesto, “I am ready to work together with other progressives in Delta State to build our party and bring change and development to Delta State.
Further, Utomi stressed that Project Delta is workable if right leadership is in place. He urged party faithful to put personal interest aside in the quest to rescue the state and positioning it as a center for development in the south-south region.
Chief Sylvester Kowho responding to Utomi’s remarks stated that Utomi is nationally and internationally acclaimed as a man of impeccable integrity, adding that with his likes in Delta APC, the change that Deltans desires will not be too long.
According to him; “your type of person with proven integrity in both public and private service is what we need in Delta State to effect the desired change.”
“Though you have not said you want to lead the lead Delta State, we are glad that we have you in APC to provide leadership in our state. We want the best hand for the state and you are most likely going to be one of the best,” he added.

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