By Onyekachi Eze
The member representing Ihitte Uboma in the Imo State House of Assembly, and the House Committee Chairman on Youths and Sports, Hon Njoku Micheal Onyemaechi (Crown) having been drawn by the plights of Imo youths since the inception of the Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo, as a matter of public interest prayed for the inclusion of more youths in his subsequent appointments or employment.
Hon Njoku while presenting a motion at the plenary session of yesterday tagged, “Motion to urge the governor to consider more youths in his subsequent appointments” appreciating the governor for his appointments so far beckoned on him to as a matter of the welfare and good living of Imo youths to consider more youths in further political positions.
He posited that the involvement of progressives in governance and administration in recent activities have proved positive and showed preparedness to do more with commitment and dedication.
According to the prayers of the motion, it reads; “whereas the youths are within the age of ideas, energy, exploration, innovation and capable of withstanding odds and difficult situations”
“Observing that the youths of Imo State constitute a great percentage of our population which is reasonable enough to make a strong force for the State and also capable of influencing and determining outcome of decisions”.
“Conscious of the fact that many of them are unemployed and are craving for employment as well as asking for a chance to prove themselves”
“Noting that the number of youths that made up the governor’s team in his recent appointment of commissioners in the State is infinitesimal and does not reflect their strength”
However, the House led by the Speaker, Rt Hon Collins Chiji after debate from the lawmakers in its resolution thanked the State governor, Emeka Ihedioha for a fair appointment, hence urged for more inclusion of youths in his subsequent appointments.
Earlier in his assertions, the Chief mover, Michael Crown said, appointing more youths in the State positions would help fast track development, pointing out that if the youths are not given their rightful positions, being the dream leaders in the next years to come would be difficult.
Furthermore, the soft spoken legislator using himself as an instance said if his Ihitte Uboma people were not considerate enough to give him support and opportunity, he may have not been standing in the floor of the House as a lawmaker, hence the need to give the progressives a better chance of exploring their talents, as well as gaining leadership experience.
“I am touched by the yearnings of Imo youths drawn across party line. As the Committee Chairman on Youths and Sports, I took it upon myself to present this motion. Youths are bedrock of every society. As I thank the governor for the choice of appointments made so far, I also crave for more appointments for the youths. They should be given a pride of place”
Onyemaechi Njoku further opined that carrying the youths along can also be in form of creating jobs, employments and empowerments through the building of factories and industries.
With it, youth restiveness and other social vices could be curbed.
The seconder of the motion, member representing Njaba LGA, Hon Uju Onwudiwe also said that as a mother, carrying the youths along would contribute immensely in stabilizing the economy and security, pointing out that youths should be honoured and celebrated at all times, the exact way they are being remembered during campaigns and electioneering periods.
Onwudiwe wondered why a man of 55 years would be claiming to be a youth leader while promising young ones at the age of 25-30 would be neglected.