By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”A local government chairmanship aspirant in the scheduled July 10, local government election in Ebonyi State, Mr. Chinedu Makwe has urged political leaders to make themselves role models for the younger generation to emulate.
Makwe, a pharmacist said that youth restiveness arose essentially because there were no role models and mentorship. The aspirant to Ivo Local Government Area chairmanship, spoke during his presentation to the people of Ishiagu community in the council. He said that youths could be violent, â€œmaybe because they are not seeing a role model.â€
He linked the crisis in Ishiagu community to the idleness of the youths,Â who are not engaged in any meaningful enterprise, arguing that â€œif the youths are idle, it could be a source of crisis in the community.â€
He explained that most of the youths in the area were engaged because of the numerous companies that operate in the area as a result of abundance of mineral resources.
The aspirant, who was overwhelmed by the crowd that graced the occasion, blamed the crisis in the local government on the leadership, which he accused of encouraging it and as a result has over the years not witnessed any development, which has causedÂ misrule and waste of resources.
He promised to first reconcile the people, and make sure thatÂ the people of the council know that they have a local government â€œwhen you talk about infrastructure, education and health where people should not travel up to five kilo metres to source for treatment. People should not travel up to 10-20 kilo metres because they want to treat malariaâ€.
Addressing the crowd, Ebonyi State House of Assembly Chief Whip, Mr. Uchenna Orji, said that with the election of Makwe, the council would no longer witness crisis that has bedeviled the area for over a decade, adding that all the stakeholders in the area were solidly behind the candidate to bring an end the lack of development and misrule that has been the trade mark of the council.
He frowned at the attitude of some individuals,Â that have contributed to the lack of foresight, insisting the since former leaders have not performed, it had become necessary for a change to be effected.