The Dan Anyiam Stadium Owerri was bursting to its full capacity yesterday as Governor Hope Uzodinma scored another homerun.
True to his promise, 15,000 Imo Youths who had received training in various vocations were empowered with a seed capital of N250,000.
It is safe to say that this is the first of its kind in Imo State.
The N4B Empowerment Program which was designed as a business stimulus to create jobs and stimulate the economy has been a major source of controversy in the past few days.
While the enemies of our dear State are still shocked that Governor Hope Uzodinma could fulfill his promise to empower as many youths as possible, others couldn’t help but only stare in disbelief.
In all of the deserved media attention that has trailed the historical occasion, there is one fact that has remained incontrovertible — it cannot be denied that unemployment is a big issue in Nigeria, no matter your political affiliation.
According to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in Nigeria is estimated to reach 32.5 percent in 2021. This figure is projected to increase further in 2022, if nothing is done.
When you put these cold facts together, you will begin to appreciate the wisdom in Governor Hope Uzodinma’s timely intervention.
These youths will go back to their local governments and start up businesses in diverse areas. From fashion designing and electrical repairs to hair dressing and mobile phone repairs.