In continuation of efforts by the Delta State Government to engage youths in the state in the wake of the #ENDSARS protests, a town hall meeting was held at the weekend with the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare during which they demanded the Federal Government to double down on job creation for the youths.
The meeting, which took place at the Unity Hall, Government House, Asaba was facilitated and hosted by the Delta State Ministry of Youths Development. It had in attendance youth delegates from EndSARS movement, Community Youth Groups, Ethnic nationalities, Civil society movement, Female Advocacy groups, Students movement and youth stakeholders in the state.
The youths listed the demands to include; job creation at the federal government level, resuscitating federal industries within the State, stable electricity, and the urgent need to address the bad condition of federal roads in the State.
They also included having a help desk domiciled in the State ministry of youths for easy access and network to the federal ministry of youth in her programmes and project, the need to scale up the ministry’s programmes to accommodate more youths, and youth inclusion at all levels of government.
The youths also appealed to the government to drop every attempt to stifle EndSARS protesters in any form either by freezing of their accounts by CBN or by seizing of their International passports.
The minister in his remarks said the Federal Government had lots of programmes packaged to develop the youths of the country.
He urged them to exercise patience to enable government implement their demands.
The minister, who presented programmes and projects put in place by the federal government for the youths, promised to put together a document that would be presented to the Federal Executive Council.
He said that in subsequent meetings he would bring on board other ministers to engage with the youths on issues that relate to their ministries directly.
He assured Delta youths of government’s commitment towards implementing the demands made by the protesters.
Earlier, the State Commissioner for Youths Development, Comrade Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, in his welcome address, intimated the minister and his team of the various programmes the state government had done to engage the youths.
He informed the minister of the proactive steps already taken by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to bridge the gap between the youths and the government.
Egwunyenga stressed that the Town Hall meetings held by the governor with the youths including setting up of various committees to address cases of police brutality and extra-judicial killings were geared towards ensuring that such ugly incidents do not recur in the state.
He urged the youths to take advantage of the various job creation programmes of the government to better their lots.