The Edo State government is committed to supporting youth development. Commissioner for Youth and Humanitarian Affairs Chris Nehikhare said this at the just-concluded first Edo Youth Colloquium boot camp, organized to harness the capacity and use the strength of youth for development of the society.
Organized in commemoration of International Youth Day 2022, Nehikhare said youth empowerment is directly proportional to the growth of society.
“This is one of the underlying reasons for organizing the event and we are confident that the beneficiaries will imbibe the necessary knowledge that will enable them to be agents of positive change, which will reflect both principle and character and will become the culture among them,” he said.
He noted that the state government has committed resources to the event, believing that the expected return on the investment would be the impact the young people would have on the life paths they chose to follow or the paths they have chosen to create.
“However, I urge you to leave indelible footprints that will be a legacy for your generation and a memorial for generations to come.
“We hope leaders will emerge from this event and become ambassadors for the new narrative we seek to instill in today’s youth,” he said.
Nehikhare explained that the purpose of the boot camp was to drive and inculcate values in the youngsters and youths of the state, so that their actions are realigned to more positive productive endeavors in career paths than they chose. The three-day boot camp was held at the College of Education campus in Abudu, Orhionmwon council area.