Plans are underway to establish Israeli-style kibbutz (farm settlements) in the seven Igbo speaking states of the federation. this was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor of Anambra State on Youth Mobilization, Tony Uche Ezekwelu, while addressing a contengent of National Youth Council South East Stakeholders during their meeting in Amawbia recently.
Ezekwelu stated that the Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Anambra State government and some training institutes to take 100 youths for training in specialised agricultural system in Israel every year.
These trainees would be trained in the advanced all inclusive agricultural system
Nigeria, the Isrealis would help them establish Kibbutz as they have it in Israel.”
He said that there was need for youths in the south east to unite and work for their common good to make easier for the government to access them for the various empowerment programmes set up for them.
He further disclosed that the government has plans to empower at least 10,000 youths this year, saying that the Obiano administraton is all-inclusive which serves all Anambrarians regardless of their party.
Ezekwelu charged NYCN stakeholders to discard all personal interest and work towards restoring peace, order and tranquility in the youth council.
Also speaking on empowerment, the vice president of National Youth Council of Nigeria, South East, Innocent Nduanya, who chaired the meeting disclosed imminent plans of the presidency to append his signature to the Peace Corps bill. He therefore enjoined all south-east youths who are unemployed to procure the entry form into the corps.
He lamented that Anambra state chapter did not get any slot given to National Youth Council chapters in the south east because of the leadership and factional problems having.
Earlier, the Special Assistant to the governor of Anambra State on Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurship, Onyeka Ibezim, who also represented the governor, charged youths to eschew violence and anarchy as there cannot be progress in anarchy.
In his words, “We don’t have any other home apart from the south-east. East or West, home is the best. Let us sit together to bring out purposeful programmes that would be for the betterment of the state, the south-east and the nation. Let us take charge of our destiny and chart a new course of progress.”
Ibezim remarked that the state governor was the most youth friendly governor in Anambra State with the youngest executive council members in the country.
Other dignitaries in attendance were the chairman of NYCN, Imo, Abia, Enugu and Delta State chapters, the leaders of Ohaneze Youth wing and Association of Anambra State Town Unions, ASATU and the president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Murtala Gamji represented by his deputy, Sunday Nnamdi Ezenagu.