The Deputy President of Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu have hailed the youths of his Enugu West constituency over their continued support for the Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
This is also as he called for deliberate efforts aimed at mentoring the youth to prepare them for higher responsibilities in the society.
He said leaders must show exemplary leadership and accord youth the opportunity to assume positions of leadership early enough to enable them progress through the tiers of political leadership at the local, state and federal levels.
He spoke over the weekend when he received PDP youth leaders from Enugu West senatorial district who were on a courtesy at his Enugu residence.
Senator Ekweremadu who said the political leadership in Enugu West has been in the forefront of mentoring the youth for higher responsibilities by consciously positioning them in strategic positions as councilors and council chairmen, however, cautioned that their political progression depended on how well they acquitted themselves in the discharge of their responsibilities.
“We have a responsibility as leaders of today to prepare our youth to be leaders of tomorrow. Our job is to provide that crucial mentorship for them.
“We must show exemplary leadership and accord them the opportunity to assume offices of responsibility early enough to pave the way for their progression through the tiers of political leadership at the local, state and federal levels.
“In Enugu West, we have consciously fostered youth mentorship by positioning our youth as councillors and local government council chairmen to prepare them for higher responsibilities. We however, never fail to demand the best from them.
“Their progression to higher offices depends entirely on how well they acquit themselves in the discharge of their current responsibilities. You can make or mar yourselves by the measure of your performance.
“I would also take this opportunity to commend your support for our governor who has changed the narrative of governance in the state for good. We must continue to accord him all necessary support to take us to the next level,” he said.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and Oji River LG PDP youth leader, Hon. Kelechukwu Ikelegbu commended Senator Ekweremadu for what he called purposeful representation that had brought about massive infrastructural uplift of the zone as well as the appointment of youth into several positions of responsibility at the local, state and federal levels.
He also pledged the youth unalloyed support to the Deputy President of Senate in his future political aspiration and direction.
Meanwhile, Senator Ekweremadu said he was was poised to make good his intention to build a mini-stadium at Ndeaboh in Aninri LGA to boost sporting activities in the area.
He disclosed this while receiving the Aninri football team that won silver at the just 2018 Ikeoha Youth Sports Championship who were on an appreciation visit at his Enugu residence.
He said sporting facilities at the stadium when completed, would expose the sporting talents of the youth and accord them the opportunity to take up careers in sports as alternative means of livelihood.
It’s nothing short of a shocker as the residence of Enugu woke up to a bus strike.
Local commuters, Keke riders, 608 also known as gbagba all went on strike halting various activities of individuals. Many bus stops were flooded with passengers with no one to take them to their various destinations except taxis. Along the major roads were students and candidates of different schools who were trekking to their schools as some had their exams kicked off today.
Also JAMB writers (Jambites) who were scheduled to write their mock today found it difficult getting to their centers.
The strike did not only affect commercial vehicles in Enugu as drivers and passengers travelling from and to Enugu through Abakaliki-Enugu express way were forcefully stopped at Eke-Obinagu junction by other commercial bus drivers operating within Enugu.
According to bus drivers, their reason for the strike being that the government needs to intervene in the high rate of taxes imposed on them by several unauthorized bodies claiming to own lands, and also police stationed at almost every stop.
There was nothing done about the situation except police deployed to see the protest didn’t turn violent.
Could this be the solution to the problem?
Enugu State Government has increased allowance for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in primary healthcare facilities in rural areas.
Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe, announced this in Enugu on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting.
Anikwe said that medical doctors serving in hospitals in rural areas would henceforth receive N30,000 monthly from the state government as against N3,800 being given to them currently.
Similarly, he said, pharmacists, nurses, radiographers, laboratory scientists and statisticians would receive a monthly stipend of N20,000.
He announced that the government also planned to review the service condition and welfare of other set of corps members in the state.
“The government has approved that each corps member selected to work as a medical doctor in government hospital in the rural areas will get a monthly stipend of N30,000.
“All of these will cost the government extra N31.2 million per annum but it is an expense that is worth it. It is to ensure that health facilities are available at the door steps of our people,” he said.
The commissioner said that the state government had invested much in rural communities and would want such facilities to have direct impact on the inhabitants.
“Before now, Enugu had a peculiar problem because the state was paying a certain amount as allowance and it led to an influx of youth corps members from all over the country, wanting to serve here.
“It then became impossible for the state government to continue to sustain that stipend because we are not out of the woods yet.
“So, we are not unmindful of what to do for corps members but everything we are doing, we check our purse.
“I am sure that as the finances of the state government improves, we will come to a point where everybody is given an allowance that enables them cope with the condition of life in the country,” he said.
Anikwe noted that the government was first looking at very critical sectors, adding that others would follow soon.
He said that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was passionate about making residents of the state competitive and healthy “and that is why his economic blueprint traversed the entire state”.
Also, Commissioner for Works, Mr Greg Nnaji, said that the state government had approved the renovation and upgrade of eight district hospitals across the state.
Nnaji said that the gesture was to reduce the pressure on secondary health facilities in the state and to ensure that residents did not have to travel to the state capital for medical attention.
He said that such hospitals and clinics would now wear new looks while modern health equipment would be installed in them.
We thank God for a governor with peace at his wings, celebrating days of peace.
Enugu is indeed in Gods hands