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Ebonyi empowers proscribed IPOB members

Develops data base of 700,000 youths, women
As BIM prepares for Ojukwu’s 5th memorial

By Peter Okutu & Nwabueze Okonkwo

ABAKALIKI—EBONYI State government, yesterday, said it was creating a data base of 700,000 unemployed, un-empowered youths, including members of the recently proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Ebonyians residing outside the state.

Addressing newsmen as part of activities marking the 25th anniversary of the United Nations, UN, International Day for the eradication of poverty in Abakaliki, the state Commissioner for Economic Empowerment and Job Creation, Uchenna Orji, expressed the determination of the present administration toward ensuring that a large chunk of unemployed youths, including women were economically empowered to improve their standard of living.

This came as leader of Biafra Independence Movement, BIM, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, yesterday, disclosed that the movement has commenced preparations for the celebration of 5th anniversary of the demise of Biafra warlord and Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.

The Ebonyi commissioner, stated that the empowerment scheme was not restricted to only indigenes but also to non-indigenes who are residing in the state as the whole idea behind the scheme was to boost the state’s economic base and per capital income of the people.

According to Orji, N750 million had so far been released by the state government for the youth/ women empowerment programme; N4 billion for entrepreneurship and industrialization of the state; N2 billion for civil servants empowerment and N130 million for Lagos Street to Skill Empowerment programme, procurement of 130 tricycles for Onitsha diaspora empowerment programmes and N6 million for empowerment of six horticulturists.

He further noted that the current administration was ready to partner public and private institutions in their performance of social corporate responsibility including creation of job for youths in the state, adding that five Federal Government Social Investment Programmes were being implemented in the state to complement the state government’s efforts toward bettering the lot of the people.

He said:“Through empowerment schemes of the present administration, the people are now feeling good as they now have a sense of belonging in the state. The governor has insisted on the equality irrespective of persons, their zones and local government areas. Those benefitting also include foreigners who are not citizens of the state. We don’t discriminate here.

“We are generating a data base of 700,000 unemployed and un-empowered youths including members of the proscribed IPOB because everybody needs to be empowered to be economically self reliant and positioned for prosperity.

“As I’m talking to you now, 520 Ebonyians living in Lagos have been empowered through the Street to Skill empowerment  scheme of the government. In Anambra State, we have made arrangement for 130 tricycles for Ebonyi indigenes that are living in Onitsha for them to have meaningful living and impact the state economically.”

BIM prepares for Ojukwu’s 5th memorial

According to Uwazuruike, the ceremony is expected to hold on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Ojukwu Memorial Library (auditorium) in new Owerri, Imo State capital.

A statement issued, yesterday, in Onitsha, Anambra State, by Uwazuruike’s Media Assistant, Mazi Chris Mocha, noted that the level of preparations had reached an advanced state.

The statement further noted that Uwazuruike paid a glowing tribute to the late Ikemba Nnewi whom he described as the greatest Igbo man of our generation and one of the three heroes that ever existed on this planet earth, including Mahatma Ghandhi of India and Dr. Nelson Mandela of South Africa.


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