- The Warri port is in the news again after it was mentioned by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
- Governor Okowa wants the federal government to pay attention to the port in order to create jobs for youths
- Governor Okowa has since kick-started the process of engaging youths in Delta state
Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the federal government to quickly resuscitate the Warri Port, saying it is key to curbing unemployment in the state and the nation at large.
The governor made the call at a town hall meeting with youths, including #ENDSARS protesters, civil society groups, students, social groups, community leaders, and stakeholders on Thursday, October 29 in Warri.
He said the federal government should focus on reviving Warri port and other seaports in Delta state to create employment.
Okowa disclosed that to tackle the unemployment trend, his administration adopted skills acquisition and entrepreneurship programmes to empower them youths because the high rate of unemployment will take time to address.
He thanked the youths for peacefully coordinating themselves and assured that his administration would address some of the issues raised, noting that town hall meetings were an opportunity to hear from the people directly and provide solutions to issues bordering them.
Okowa urged the youths to show interest in governance and challenged them to show capacity that they could do what the elders failed to do.
Speakers at the meeting said the #EndSARS protests were an expression of the anger of the youths in not just ending police brutality but also ending bad governance, unemployment, and the hopelessness of tomorrow.
They called on the government to bridge the gap between it and the youths by bringing more youths into governance.
Governor Okowa had earlier reaffirmed his administration’s readiness to partner youths in the state.
The governor made this known when the Delta state caucus in the House of Representatives, led by the minority leader, Honourable Ndudi Elumelu, paid him a solidarity visit on Wednesday, October 28.
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