Anambra community advocates peace as youths hold unity fiesta
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
Enugu-Agidi youths in Njikoka local government area of Anambra state, have resolved to deploy every possible measure to ensure lasting peace and development in the town. This was disclosed when the youths of the community alongside creme-de la creme in the community gathered for their annual get-together, geared towards promoting unity in the community.
The event, organised by the community youth organisation, was held at the palace hall of their traditional ruler, HRH Igwe Michael Okekeuche.
In an address, the president, Enugu-Agidi Youths Organisation, Comrade Daniel Egbuonu, noted that part of the reasons for the event was to appreciate those who had been contributing immensely for the development of the community.
Egbuonu disclosed that he assumed office in April 29, 2020, and had, within the short time, achieved tremendously, and attracted numerous projects to the community. He listed some of the achievements, irrespective of the COVID-19 pandemic, to include establishment of Enugu Agidi computer training center for youths to acquire technological knowledge before gaining admission in tertiary institutions.
The youth president said: “After the establishment of the computer training centre, we considered the need for security measures. With the help of Lady Helen Ekesi and family, we resolved the security issues. We are embarking on creating E-Agidi collection, where we will identify some Enugu Agidi youths, who would want to learn to trade. If it is shoe production, we will pay for two rooms in Aba, Abia state, to train two youths annually.
“This shoe production training will last for six months. After the first batch, comes the second batch and it goes like that. At the end, those people will be able to employ and train others. It will be sold online too. These and more empowerment programmes will then be actualised by the youths organisation”.
In a lecture titled: “Youth Integration: A Sinequanon for Sustainable Peace and Development in Enugu Agidi”, an international figure, Senator Gab Okoye, recognised youths as vital organs of every society, urging them to engage in meaningful activities to better their lives, as well as to project the community, instead of promoting disunity and engaging in activities that were inimical to the community.
He urged the community leaders to fashion out measures to empower youths in various cooperatives and start up microfinance for the good of the community.
On her part, the chairlady, Enugu-Agidi Brotherly Union (EBU), Mrs. Mercy Onubiyi, said the women had been in support of youth activities in the community. She charged the youths to come together in order to form a developmental force for the community.
Sir Dan Okekenta, who spoke on “Mending the crack on the wall of our brotherhood: The role of the youths”, regretted that some parents and elders would empower youths with arms to be thugs, while their children would be sent out for education.
Okekenta expressed dismay about some youths, who, according to him, do not value education and dignity in labour, but rather engage in quick money syndrome that has terminated many lives. He told his audience to embrace God and be committed to their various skills, noting that God would surely promote them higher. High point of the event was installation of grand patron, patroness and patrons, as well as awards presentation.