Thursday, 11 August 2016

Kalu counsels youths against social vices

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Dr. Orji Kalu

Eminent businessman and former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has called on government at all levels to integrate the youth in their policies and programmes, noting that young people are not only future leaders but also valuable assets that cannot be ignored in building a prosperous nation.

Kalu acknowledged the pivotal role played by the youth in promoting sustainable development, adding that integrating the youth socially, economically and politically will go a long way in curbing social vices in the society.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu said,”as we celebrate the 2016 International Youth Day, it is important for government to appraise its youth initiatives with the aim of strengthening the engagement and participation of youth in the Nigeria project.

Considering the large percentage of the world population that is dominated by the youth, it is clearly obvious that the young generation cannot be undermined in global development.

As government cannot do it alone, the private sector including civil society organizations, the media and development partners have dominant roles to play in sensitizing the young generation to the positive ways of life.

Kalu used the opportunity to urge parents and guardians to live by example, adding that the family remains a foundation unit for instilling good human virtues and moral values in a child, pointing out that most of the youth that engage in thuggery, violence, robbery, kidnapping and other immoral acts are products of poor home training.

The frontline politician also advised the President Buhari-led federal government to appoint youths into key government positions,noting that the gesture will give the young generation a sense of belonging in the Nigeria project.

The former governor, while congratulating the youth globally, urged them to demonstrate high moral standards in their daily endeavours, stressing that the future is bright if only the youth could remain focused, committed, patriotic and diligent.

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