A US based Professor of International law and global politics, who hails from Enugu state,Prof Jehu Nnaji has said the welfare and progress of Nigerian Youths are very important factors in guaranteeing the future of the country. He decried the trending rate of joblessness among Nigerian Youths at the moment,without any provision of social welfare from the government or non governmental organizations for their survival. He stressed it is high time for all hands to be on deck, in revising the trend.
Prof. Nnaji who visited Enugu from his U.S. base on the eve of the lock down consequent upon the COVID-19 global pandemic and has remained in the country since then,gave the hints as he donated some palliatives for upkeep of Youths in Enugu state,against the economic hardship brought about by the corona virus disease.
The palliatives which were handed over to Youth leaders from some of the 17 local governments in the state at a colourful ceremony in Enugu at the weekend, included bags of ten kilogram rice,face masks,hand sanitizers etc.
Mr Nnaji,who is also a professor and visiting scholar of university of Kansas law school,USA expressed his desire to roll out programmes that will engage some of the Nigerian Youths meaningfully, so they can contribute their quota in the socio economic and political development of Nigeria,in line with the trend in most civlised countries of the world..
He further called on well meaning Nigerians who have made success in the various endeavours to come up with their own initiative in solving the massive problem of Youth unemployment ravaging the country in the current times,asserting that governmental cannot do all alone.
His words,’Our Youths are the hopes of tomorrow and it is high time every body shows concern about their welfare so we can secure a future for this country. I decided channel my own donation of palliatives to support the jobless Youths in the state,based on my findings that all other donations from corporate bodies and government has eluded them’.
‘Our Youths should be encouraged to play significance roles in all sectors of our economy if we must get the system working. A lot of people believe in genotocracy. But we believe in the youths.Our Youths definitely will make the change’.
Prof. Nnaji disclosed that he is working out a human capacity build up for Enugu Youths which will entail provisional advanced studies for some of them that will eventually equip them to fit in properly in arts of governance where they will be expected to perform creditably.
He said he was further inspired to donate the palliatives as his own support to the good governance enthroned in Enugu state by the present administration led by Governor Ugwuanyi.
Receiving the palliatives, the state coordinator of Enugu Youths association,Comrade Henry Atigwe, accompanied by the Youth leaders from the 17 local government areas in Enugu state,extolled Prof Nnaji for his gestures,stating that he is the first to tow that direction. He called on other well meaning citizens from Enugu state, to emulate the gestures of Prof Nnaji,stating the high rate of unemployment in the country has compelled millions of Nigerian Youths to belong to the vulnerable.
He assured that Enugu Youths will give total support to Prof Jehu Nnaji in his future endeavours in the society at large and prayed God almighty to reward him abundantly.