Deputy Governor of Imo State, Engr. Gerald Irona has called on youth of
the state to shun cultism and all forms of criminality, even as he urged
them to embrace responsible life styles.
Engr. Irona who gave the advise while receiving a delegation of about
one hundred youth of the state, under the aegis of Council of Imo Youths
on a courtesy visit to him in his office on Tuesday, also described the
Governor of Imo State, Chief Emeka Ihedioha as youth friendly.
He further described the Governor as a selfless leader, committed to
partnering with critical stakeholders on the development of the state.
“We want Imo to be a reservoir of technical manpower. We are working on
a databank of qualified technicians in Imo. We will challenge companies
in Imo State to employ our people, as there will no longer be the excuse
of absence of qualified manpower. We will be partnering with you on the
rehabilitation of some of our youth that may have gone astray. We want a
safe Imo where investors will come and be comfortable. We are rolling
out programmes to enhance the capacity of our youth. We are interested
in rehabilitating young Imo sons and daughters that have genuinely
repented from criminal acts, as long as they will never return to crime.
You must be good ambassadors of your families and the state. You must
shun cultism and all other vices.”
“The greatest asset you can have in leadership is having a leader that
is selfless. Governor Emeka Ihedioha is a selfless leader, who has no
business with nepotism. Imo State is lucky to have him.”
Continuing, Irona challenged the youth to hold their leaders
accountable, in order to ensure that public resources are utilized for
the good of the people.
“Hold us accountable. Participate in the business of governance at all
levels in the state. We are ready to partner with you to move the state
Earlier in his presentation, Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth
Affairs, Engr. Rex Okoro described the Deputy Governor, Engr. Irona as a
dependable leader and true friend of the youths.
He assured him of the commitment of youths of the state to the Rebuild
Imo agenda of Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
Present at the meeting were Students Union Presidents and Executives of
all Tertiary institutions in the state, leadership of the National
Association of Imo State Students-NAISS, youth leaders from different
parts of the state, among others.