As the world celebrates the 2021 International Youth Day, the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Ipalipbo Banigo says youths in the state have the innate ability to succeed in life if they strive for excellence in their chosen careers.
Banigo said this in a goodwill message to felicitate with youths in the state.
The Deputy Governor who said there was no substitute for hard work, added that the theme for this year’s celebration underscores the need for youths to be actively involved in the quest to ensure food security and the preservation of the ecosystem.
“The youth is the future of this country, and Nigeria is mostly operating a mono economy which is crude oil, so it is important for the youths to engage in agriculture to sustain them and help the nation’s economy.”
It would be recalled that the 12th of August each year is set aside to commemorate the International Youth Day.
The theme for this year is “Transforming Food System: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health”.
In a related development, a youth leader in Kalabari area of the state, Ipalibo Madodoye, has urged the youths of the area to fully embrace agriculture and be creative in order to be self-reliant.
In the meantime, the Chairman of the Rivers State National Youth Council of Nigeria, Chijioke Ihunwo, has lambasted politicians in the state for not being committed in the development of the youths.
Meanwhile some youths in Rivers State says they are not willing to go into agriculture even if the enabling environment is given.
A cross section of the youths told our correspondent that farming involves stress and they are not ready for that. They also attributed insecurity as another reason why they won’t want to go into agriculture.
They also expressed fear that Nigeria will not be a better place to live and do business if the currents leaders remain in position.