Wife of Akwa Ibom State governor, Mrs Martha Udom, has vowed to eliminate thuggery in the state by empowering youths through her pet project, Family Empowerment and Youths Re-Orientation Programme (FeyRep).
Mrs. Martha Udom made the pledge over the weekend while addressing youths of Akwa Ibom who turned out en-masse for the Youths Seminar organised under the auspices of her pet project, (FeyRep).
According to her, the futureof some Akwa Ibom youths has been frustrated by desperate politicians who use them for political violence and later abandon them without doing anything to better their lives.
Mrs. Udom said she was committed to ensuring that through her project, FeyRep, youths of the state would be empowered with various kinds of skills that would make them self-employed and employable such that they would be too busy to be used by politicians for evil purposes.
She mentioned that the seminar was intended to reshape the lives and future of Akwa Ibom youths, warning that nobody should use youths of the state to commit any crime.
She disclosed that FeyRep had designed an elaborate programme of action to engage youths in the areas of agriculture, entrepreneurship, information and communication technology and other useful ventures.
“Through my project FeyRep, I will ensure that youths go intoagriculture, entrepreneurship and other useful ventures, especially as the country is experiencing economic recession due to falling oil prices.
“The state government is trying to empower the youths with skills through mentoring and training. We don’t want our youths to be beggarly. We expect them to be self-reliant”, she maintained.
Mrs. Udom reiterated the resolve of the state government to massively industrialise the state as a way of providing employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths of the state.
She urged youths of the state not to compromise the valuesby engaging in crime, assuring that government was doing everything possible to provide the enabling environment for them to succeed in life.