By Monday Ijeh
Some youths in the South East under the auspices of Igbo Youths for One Nigeria (IYON) have commended the Federal Government over its Social Investment Interventions in the region.
The group gave the commendation in a statement jointly signed by its President, Mr Chukwunyelum Okonta and Secretary, Ms. Chinonye Okoh, on Wednesday in Abuja.
It said that the social investment intervention of the Federal Government, especially the N-Power had not only created employment for the youths but had made them employers of labour.
It explained that apart from skills acquisition in various fields, beneficiaries of the programmes were also given tokens to start their businesses across the five states that made up the South East.
According to the group, the enrolment of good number of South East youths into the Federal Government N-Power and other social safety nets is an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari truly loves the Igbo people.
The group urged beneficiaries of the N-Power in the South East states to help propagate the positive impact of government programmes in the region to restore the people’s confidence in the Federal Government.
It urged Igbo sons and daughters, at home and in the Diaspora to support the Buhari-led administration’s efforts toward enthroning national unity and cohesion.
According to it, the disposition and passion of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq for the vulnerable has remained unparalleled.
“As an indigenous South East group, we want to let the world know that we have benefitted tremendously from the social investment programmes of the Federal Government.
“The idea behind our action is simply to correct the erroneous claims in some quarters that the social investment programme was discriminatory against the South East.
“Apart from being self-sufficient and self-reliant, we are also employers of labour, courtesy of the skills acquisition programme of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development,” the group added.