By Emmanuel Oloniruha
The Peoples Democratic Party Youth Alliance, has appointed Prof. Marcel Ezenwoye as the national director of its PDP Youth Empowerment Scheme (PDP YES).
The scheme was initiated to provide an enabling environment and increase economic productivity of youths through skills acquisition, educational and entrepreneurial support.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ezenwoye was confirmed and presented with his letter at the Party’s National Secretariat, in Abuja, on Thursday.
The National Coordinator of the Alliance, Charles Omini, while presenting Ezenwoye his appointment letter, described him as a man of reputable character, who had empowered millions of Nigerian youths.
Omini, who presented the letter along the National Secretary, Alhaji Ahmed Sheriff, said the confirmation of Ezenwoye was apt and a welcome development to the progress and development of the scheme.
“Ezenwoye is, indeed, a man of reputable character and has been doing a lot, in terms of youth development in the country.
“He has done a lot for this country in terms of human capacity development and has vast knowledge and experience in youth development.
“So, his choice as our national director was a no brainer, as no one else perfectly fits into the position as well as he does,” Omini said.
He noted that the problem of the country could be attributed to lack of youth development and empowerment, adding that once these were addressed, the issue of banditry, kidnapping and other social vices would be a thing of the past.
“Our goal is to train these youths on different vocations and at the end of the training, they will each be issued certificates of participation and then empowered to add value to the society.
“We are not talking about gathering youths and giving them money, as has been the usual norm in this country.
“What we are doing is training the youth of this country and then empowering them to contribute their quota to the society,” he stressed.
In his remarks, Ezenwoye expressed gratitude to the PDP Youth Alliance for finding him worthy to serve as its national director.
He said he would bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to bear on his duties.
The don, who is also the president, Chartered Institute of Educational Practitioners, Uk (CIEPUK) noted that in his capacity as head of CIEPUK, he had assisted the government with educational administration and championed other youth empowerment programmes.
“CIEPUK has assisted government with educational administration, from other aspects and perspectives of educational programme, to supporting our government in achieving the Sustainable Developnent Goals (SDGs), 4 and 4b, by 2030.
“To achieve these goals, CIEPUK has focused efforts at executing four pet projects.
“These include de-radicalisation of 30,000 commercial sex workers from all Nigerian State capitals and the FCT.
“We have also targeted 5, 000 teachers per state, for training on capacity building,” he said.
He added that there was also the CIEPUK Special Need, Physically Challenged and Vulnerable Groups Education and Training via TV Reality Show, meant to empower and reward them for their sustainable living.
“Lastly, the CIEPUK Intellectual contest Web app, which we recently launched to provide access to education, using the grassroot to top approach, improve brain capacity of all contestants, provide undiluted platform to increase the visibility of all participating tertiary institutions, using CIEPUK global ranking initiative.
“So, these are a few programmes we have initiated in my capacity as president of CIEPUK and I intend to continue in this regard,” he said.
Ezenwoye said his goal was to ensure that at least one million youths per state were trained and empowered.
He added that over 37 million youths in the 36 states and FCT, would benefit from the programme within the next five years.
He stressed that he was not a politician by calling, but rather an advocate of youth empowerment.
“I see this as an opportunity and a better platform to improve on what I have been tailored to do naturally, as we have centres for entrepreneurship, skill acquisition and development, scattered across the country.
“I, therefore, use this medium to call on other skill acquisition trainers and resource persons, to come on board and partner with me to deliver this mandate of encouraging, refining, re-orientating and re-engineering the minds of the youths in this country,” he said. (NAN)