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Anambra gets youngest political aide in Nigeria



EMERGING from being the state that appointed the youngest commissioner in the federation, Anambra State has yet made another history in appointment of youth into political positions, as the state’s governor, Chief Willie Obiano recently approved the appointment of the youngest political aide in the country.

The youngest aide, Mr. Caleb Okechukwu, was appointed an aide to the Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uchenna Okafor.

Reacting to the development,  Okafor, who spoke with our correspondent in his office at Awka, the state capital, noted that it was the policy of the state governor to run a youth-inclusive government, with a view to groom the youths to be the leaders of tomorrow they are often professed to be, maintaining that without such inclusiveness, it may be impossible for youths to actualise that dream of being the said leaders of the tomorrow that never comes.

He maintained that the current administration in the state has been empowering, supporting and giving the youths political voices since its inception, arguing that such gesture does not only prepare the young ones for the future, but also helps to harness their potentials and utilise them to propel the developmental wheel of the state; even as he affirmed to continue supporting, encouraging and utilising the youths.

He said, “I am very happy to have the youngest political appointee serving under me, and it is not only that; all the newly appointed aides under me are 100% youths who have been carefully selected from different fields, and who possess different unique skills, leadership qualities and work experience. We will also continue to support the youths, and through that, continue to implement the Not Too Young To Run Bill”

The Speaker, who is a youth added, “the idea of bringing these youths is also to get them out of street, crime and violence and make them responsible and useful to the society, because they deserve a better chance in the politico-sphere of Nigeria.  Responding on behalf of the new appointees, the youngest among them, Mr. Caleb Okechukwu (23) , who was appointed as the Executive Assistant on Social Media and Special Duties to the Speaker of the House appreciated the Speaker and Gov. Obiano for finding them worthy and giving them such opportunity to serve the state, and promised to ever remain faithful, both in their services, and to the government and the populace.

He said “I appreciate him immensely for finding me worthy of appointment as his EA on Social Media and Special Duties which breaks record of me being the youngest political appointee in Nigeria. I promise to deploy my wealth of experiences in the digital space as a computer scientist and a Digipreneur to consolidate on his giant strides in ensuring that I discharge my duty with excellence to the Glory of Anambra State and Nigeria at large”

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