Chief Eze Nwachukwu
No fewer than 1500 youths across Ebonyi are expected to participate in the post #ENDSARS Summit which begins Wednesday, March 3 in Abakaliki, Ebonyi capital city, our correspondent reports.
Chief Eze Nwachukwu, Commissioner for Inter Governmental Affairs and Chairman Organising Committee of the summit in an interview with our reporter on Tuesday in Abakaliki said that all is set for the successful hosting of the event.
According to him, government is targetting about 1500 youths in the summit adding that 100 youths would be drawn from each of the 13 local government areas of the state while 200 would be chosen from youth organizations.
“We are expecting no fewer than 1500 youths in attendance in this all important summit organised to address concerns of our youths in the aftermath of #ENDSARS protest that rocked the entire nation in 2020.
“1300 youths chosen from the 13 LGAs of the state and remaining 200 selected from among different registered youth organisations will be attending the summit which begins tomorrow in Abakaliki.
“The selection cuts across the student union leaderships; the young and intelligent graduates, the artisans, the entertainers, the religious groups, the physically challenged among others,” Nwachukwu said.
The commissioner explained that the post #ENDSARS youth summit in Ebonyi was part of the federal and state governments projects aimed at addressing the effects of the trouble and trauma of the #ENDSARS protest the nation went through late 2020.
He further disclosed that the summit was organised by Ebonyi government in fulfillment of its promises of engaging the youth through dialogue.
He said: “Gov Dave Umahi, quickly came home and being part of the national committee
on this summit, came to Ebonyi without delay and inaugurated the state committee.
“I was made the state chairman of the organising committee with the responsibility to ensure that from the planning stage through its execution that the programme records a success .
“The governor has made available fund and it is free for all the participants; transportation, feeding and some take-home packages will be given out.
“The venue is Christian Ecumenical Centre where social distancing and COVID-19 protocols will be strictly observed.
“The summit is also a device to enhance effective youth integration and for effective harnessing of their potentials which can be taken from Ebonyi to other parts of the country.
“This summit is going to be a kind of talent hunt, so that we can harvest the hidden
taken of our youths and that is why we are emphasising that chairmen of LGAs should bring their best for the programme.”
Nwachukwu noted that the summit has been divided into two segments – the section where resource persons would be addressing youths on professional, religious and social issues of life.
“The second section will allow participants to leverage on what they have learnt from the teachings to source on their own impactful communique supporting the national growth and development agenda of government, ” he added.
He appealed to the participants to showcase their best stressing that the best performing
ones, would represent the state in the regional level and subsequently at the national youth summit coming up later.