The Delta State Commissioner, Directorate for Youth, Mr Ifeanyi Egwunyenga, has called on youths to be equipped with relevant skill required to navigate the technological renovation of the 21st Century.
Mr Egwunyenga stated this during the Youth Forum put together by the Directorate of Youth Development as part of activities marking the 2019 International Youth Day in Delta state.
The commissioner said that the greatest challenge facing youths today was restiveness, which he noted was the overall strategy of the United Nations to ensure that young people were equipped with relevant skills.
He advised youths to be more positive orientated and imbibe character and values to build a virile nation, charging youths in the state to re- orientate their mind set on ethnic values to build a Stronger Delta.
In a good will message, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, expressed the need for youth to be driven by ideas to enable them realize their dreams.
Mr Aniagwu noted that youth restiveness could create economy challenge and advised them to channel their energy to more progressive ventures.
According to the Information Commissioner, “If you in the cause of showing your displeasure set fire on the road, that portion of the asphalt will degenerate to pothole, government will use the money it suppose to use in solving your problem to fix the road.”
Also speaking, the Director-General, Delta State Directorate of Orientation, Mr Eugene Uzum, said that the time had come for youth to take the centre stage in governance, adding that when the government and the governed were not on the same page, governance would be difficult.
The 2019 International Youth Day with the theme, “Transforming Education” featured lectures by Mrs Bridget Ayanfulu, a lawyer and Prof. Sunny Awhefeada of the Delta State University, Abraka.
In his lecture, Prof. Awhefeada urged youths to embrace skills acquisition and go into entrepreneurship ventures which according to him guaranteed a better future than waiting for white collar jobs, saying that they were not readily available.
Present at the event which featured question and answer section was the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifejeaka.