ALL is now set for the Southeast Youths Economic summit scheduled to hold in Enugu, the Enugu State capital.
Maka Ndigbo learnt that the two-day economic summit, which will take place at De Dome Event Centre, New Haven, Enugu, is to be organised by a non-governmental organization called Diamond Youth Transformation Initiative of Nigeria (DYTI).
The National President of DYTI, Paul Uchechukwu Ekpere, who addressed newsmen at the weekend, said that the summit would afford the youths from the Southeast geo-political zone the opportunity to acquire industrial and managerial skills that would enable them to be self-reliant.
Ekpere maintained: “The summit intends to showcase change and modernisation by bringing agriculture, ICY, Education and skills acquisition that will foster employment for our youths,” DYTI president said.
Ekpere, who was accompanied by media consultant, Chibuzo Ohiagu; Southeast Coordinator, Innocent Asonye; Uche Agu, Spiritual Director and Project Director, Jimmy Jebba, disclosed that the Summit would be sponsored by the former Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo.
According to him, about two thousand youths are expected to register for the zonal economic summit which will be organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Enugu State, Kurios as well as Skills4africa.
Explaining the rationale for the summit, Ekpere said that the youths would be trained in different skills especially in agriculture so as to make them leaders that would transform the nation in future.
He said that the trainers were experts, captains of industry from Israel and Europe, pointing out that with skills acquired, South East could become what he called, ‘Japan of Africa.”
The DYTI boss pointed out that the Israeli trainers would bring their technical know-how and impact it on the youths for the needed economic transformation, especially in this economic recession.
Also speaking, the Southeast Coordinator of DYTI, Innocent Asonye, explained: “Most youths are jobless and that this leads to the youth causing menace in the land in form of social crimes and with proper acquisition of skills, the youth will not only be employed, but will become employers of labour”
“The Israelis will teach our youths whatever that makes Israel thick,” Asonye declares.
The project director, Jimmy Jebba, pointed out that agriculture still formed the mainstay of Nigerian ecomony, especially Southeast and opined that when the youth were trained in modern agriculture, the zone would benefit a lot.