The governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma has stated that the empowerment programmes of his administration were aimed at encouraging youths who are ready to become rich through honest work.
Speaking at the flag-off of the programme at the weekend in Owerri, the state capital, Gov. Uzodimma said youths who want riches without efforts cannot be included in the programme.
He predicated that the seed money of N250,000 being given to each of the15,000 youths would make them millionaires.
According to him, about 95% of successful business men started with meagre funds which they husbanded to megabuck through diligent work and God’s favour.
He therefore urged the beneficiaries to create opportunities for downstream employment in a multiplier effect which would help the economy of the state.
Gov. Uzodimma stated that engaging youths in meaningful ventures will save them from the temptation of indulging in crimes.
He submitted that 60% of the population that commit crimes are youths, pointing out that if youths are gainfully employed, crimes would no longer hold any attraction to them.
While counseling the youths to be peace ambassadors of the state, he informed that his administration will commence yearly interface with youths who are to be trained on some leadership skills.
Also speaking, the deputy speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Amara Iwuanyanwu lauded Gov. Uzodimma and the All Progressives Congress administration in the state for the empowerment programme.
He expressed confidence that the empowerment programme would help revive the economy of the state.
Iwuanyanwu also applauded the governor for his doggedness in piloting the affairs of the state despite challenges.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Victor Wallace Onuegbu from Ideato North LGA and Divine Enwerem Divine from Oru East LGA expressed their profound gratitude to the governor for fulfilling his promise.
They pledged to prudently apply the funds into vocations they had been trained for.
The beneficiaries were earlier trained in such vocations as fashion designing, barbing, hairdressing, telephone handset and electrical repairs.