[Photos]: Godswill Akpabio launches empowerment programme in Gombe

NEWS DIGEST – As part of his drive to promote youth empowerment in the country, the Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio has launched an empowerment programme in Gombe state, North East Nigeria.

While launching the empowerment scheme, National Coordinator, Senator Godswill Akpabio for Common Good, Dr. Jibril Tafida said the programme is to meaningfully engage youths in the state to contribute their quota to national growth and development.

“The other objective of this empowerment programme is to cushion the effects of the current hardship, targeting 16,000 youths across Nigeria. Our priority is empowerment because we know our youths need institutional push to achieve their full potentials.

“We believe in young people as strong pillar of democratic institutions and national development. That is the same philosophy that compelled me to be here with you today. Let us also not forget, that a similar program was launched in the North-West and we are going to North-Central next month to launch another phase of the programme. It is this kind of continuity that brings about development in our society.

“As you know, everyone has resources, everyone has skills, personality and experience that deserve to be discovered and nurtured. But team work is the driver of remarkable success any day.
Today, half of the world’s population is under the age of 27; young people around the world and in Nigeria will not only determine our future, they define what the world looks like today.

Yet, the young people of today bear a lot of burden and are vulnerable to unemployment while many of them are victims of attacks,” Dr. Tafida said while explaining the rationale behind the programme.

He further proclaimed that there is no better channel for youths to get their real fulfillment than getting Senator Akpabio to accept the call to contest in 2023; to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

His words: “I’m assuring you that there is no better Nigerian with the strong conviction to give Nigeria a sense of belonging and direction than Senator Akpabio. Joining us in this effort to persuade him to heed our call to contest, will definitely be a rewarding experience.
So, we truly need young people’s voices, in this effort to get the best for Nigeria.

“We believe that Senator Akpabio can deliver, based on his well-known records of transformation.
We know that when we are able to choose people of proven leadership performance and vision, we can together create a strong society. Therefore, we are hopeful that the this program will provide a platform for all of us to discuss our future, the future of Nigeria by making the right choice in 2023,” he added.

Tafida advised beneficiaries of the empowerment programme to make the best use of their time and opportunity.

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