As part of activities marking one year anniversary of Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Programme (FEYReP), the pet project of the Akwa Ibom Governor’s wife, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel. A one-day seminar on theme: 'The 21st Century Responsible Akwa Ibom Youth' has been held with a view to enriching the lives of Akwa Ibom youths for greatness.
The event which held at Ibom Hall Uyo, had in attendance a cross section of Akwa Ibom youths led by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth matters, Comrade Aniefiok Iwaudofia.
Speaking, the initiator of the Programme Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel said the seminar was packaged out of her desire to add value to the youths of the state, stating that FEYReP is committed to touching and impacting the lives of youths across the state.
She noted that as a mother of the state, it was her responsibility to put the Akwa Ibom youth back on track to meet the demands and responsibility of the 21st century, stating that when the youths are well informed and exposed, the future is bright for all.
While describing the seminar as a platform to shape and change the mindset of the youths, the First Lady charged all youths to be patient with the government as the governor strives towards industrializing the state for their good.
She added “despite the present economic realities, the governor is doing everything possible to diversify the economy of the state. He is passionate about creating jobs for our youths. This he is doing by creating an enabling environment for industries to spring up and very soon, we will witness an upswing of employment in this regard.”
The governor’s wife pointed out that her pet project will continue to support the efforts of the governor by initiating training and empowerment programmes for youths in order to achieve productivity.
Earlier, Resource Persons, Mrs. Joy Bewaji who spoke on the topic: 'Building Responsible Youth for the Future', Mr. Ini Akpabio who spoke on: 'Entrepreneurship in Youth Development and Exploring Opportunities in the Agricultural sector', Mr. George Inyangette (Jnr) on: 'The use of ICT in Business and How to Develop a Business Plan' and Mrs. Uwem Okon who spoke on the topic: 'Continued Violence Against Women; the way forward' , all charged the youths to become creative thinkers of their generation.
They averred that the 21st century youth is one who is ICT compliance, has entrepreneurial skills and is ready to turn his ideas to money rather than sit tight and hope on white collar jobs.
The speakers noted that for Akwa Ibom youths to compete favourably in the global economy, a shift from the usual way of thinking must be ensured, pointing out that the world is looking for those who with unique selling points to contribute their quota to nation building. They also called on government at both levels to provide the basic facility and encourage the youths to explore their world for greatness.