Posted by News Express | 30 October 2018 | 1,038 times
The Senator representing Anambra North Constituency in the 8th Senate, Stella Oduah, has said that the need to build a constituency of independent, enterprising and self-reliant young men and women has been her motivation for seeking elective office.
In a speech delivered at the 2018 youth gathering organised by the spiritual director of the Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry Uke, Anambra State, Rev Emmanuel Obinma (Ebube Mmuonso), the senator said that the youths are said to be leaders of tomorrow but can be leaders of today with the necessary support and environment.
“Also, the youth can reach their full potential if they are productively engaged,” the Senator said, adding “This underscores my passion for human capital development.”
“It is for this reason that I have made it a routine to empower the young men and women of Anambra North with skills, grants and cash for business, and scholarship for educational advancement.
“I have empowered hundreds of entrepreneurs, artisans, and farmers in my constituency with the necessary incentive to start off and to boost their businesses and I will continue to do this.
“The hope of the youth of Anambra North for a better life will not be dashed. I am a product of hope; hence I will continue to fulfil the hopes and dreams of the young men and women of Anambra North,” the former Aviation Minister noted.
“Let me say that as a senator, my core responsibility is to make laws; so I see making laws targeting the needs of my people as crucial.
“With this in mind, I sponsored the ‘Establishment of the Federal University of Aquatic Studies Bill,’ which has been read a first time in the Senate. The bill seeks the establishment of the university at Ogbaru, which is a fishing community.
“The bill is expected to develop the aquaculture sector of the area by ensuring the availability of highly skilled manpower and development of cutting-edge research and technology for the industry. The impact of this bill is that the youth of Anambra North will be equipped with modern-day aquacultural skills to start off business along the value-chain, creating jobs for themselves and their community,” Oduah revealed
“I have also sponsored other bills specific about creating jobs through entrepreneurship such as the Artisan Bill. My dear ones, we cannot talk about leadership without job creation. This is why I will keep promoting entrepreneurship programmes with the vision of building an economically stable community.
“There is hope on the horizon. And there is a commitment to ensuring that more young people of Anambra North are pulled out of the cesspit of idleness and crime through human capital development programmes,” she said and declared, “The youth are our present and our future; their hopes will not be dashed.”
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