By Dirisu Yakubu
ALL Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Anambra State, Dr. Tony Nwoye, has applauded youths in the state for their strong support for his candidacy saying that he would reward their encouragement with policies that will empower them.
Among the policies, Nwoye pledged to direct towards empowering the youths is the plan to create at least 20,000 new jobs in the agriculture sector.
Nwoye, a former president of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, in a statement by his campaign expressed delight at the strong enthusiasm youths in the state showed for his aspiration. He particularly noted the effort made by some youths to testify before the APC Anambra Appeals Committee in Abuja when his emergence as APC candidate was challenged.
He said,“I have seen the love and warmth of Ndi Anambra and particularly the youths in this our mission in rebuilding our dear state. This enthusiasm will surely be reciprocated through our programmes to empower the youths of the state. While I have programmes to boost education to ensure that all Anambarians achieve their educational desires, it is my pleasure to reveal that under our agriculture programme, at least 20,000 new jobs will be created in agriculture.
“The days of youths roaming the streets or motor-parks will come to an end in our administration as our youths will be fully mobilised to attain their potentials. Those with formal or informal education would under our agriculture programme be able to benefit from investments we will make to develop 150,000 hectares of fully integrated farms to produce and process rice, cassava, maize, sugar cane, citruses, and vegetables.”
Nwoye said that the deception by the outgoing government of buying vegetables from neighbouring states to export would be corrected through encouraging local farmers to produce vegetables for utilisation in the state and for export.
“We will not buy vegetables from neighbouring states and deceive the world that they were home grown. I promise that whatever vegetable tagged as produced in Anambra is really from our people,” Nwoye said in the statement.