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Youths charged to invest in creative industry

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COALITION of Anambra Youths has recommended cardinal means for effective engagement of youths to curb unemployment, hopelessness, poverty and restiveness, prevalent across the nation.

  The body which comprises representatives of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Nigeria Girl’s Guild Association, Civil Societies Organisation, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and the United Anambra Youth Assembly (U-AYA) made strong case for increased government intervention measures in vocational training and skills acquisition, social security safety net, subsidised formal education, as well as involvement in security architecture and governance.

They suggested that government and private sector partnership in the areas of indigenous digital economy, film villages, art exhibition and shows, sports development, vocational centers in rural areas, agriculture and creation of employment opportunities, could mitigate youth’s restiveness.

Meanwhile, speaking with the youths during a one-day stakeholders meeting in Awka, the Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Theresa Obiekezie, has charged youths to embrace investment in the creative industry.

Obiekezie, who set the tune for the forum, stated that it was convened to enable them deliberate on how the youths want to be engaged, especially in the wake of #EndSARS protests across the country, adding that the meeting aimed at holding in the state, zonal and national stages was targeted to identify challenges confronting the youths and ways to tackle them.

While advising the leaders to set the right standard, leading by example, she enjoined them to make it a sense of duty to hold congresses as and when due to brainstorm on issues affecting them.

Earlier, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Louisa Ezeanya, identified punctuality, discipline and respect for elders as virtues needed to positively shape their lives.

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