ASABA- Delta State Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, Comrade Kenneth Okorie, has called on multinational companies and the private sectors to key into capacity development of youths as a deliberate attempt to make them useful to the society.
Comrade Okorie made the call at the Youth House in Asaba, when members of the Nigerian Youth Coalition, paid him and his executive a solidarity visit.
He said it was expedient for oil companies, Non-Governmental Organizations, NGOs and investors to include skills acquisition programmes for youths as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) as government alone cannot provide jobs for its teeming number of unemployed youths.
He thanked the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Zenith Bank, Mr Jim Ovia for accepting to equip the Youth House, Asaba, with Information and Communication Technology, ICT, apparatus, emphasizing that the communication gadget would be used to train Delta youths at no cost in different lines of trade for them to be economically independent.
Comrade Okorie attributed the high level of youth restiveness to lack of jobs, peer group influence, proliferation of light fire arms, illiteracy and inexposure and sued for concerted effort by government and relevant stakeholders in job creation and empowerment.
He advised youths to stay away from anything capable of breaching peace stressing that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of rancour and acrimony.
Earlier, the Delta State Chairman, Nigerian Youths Coalition, NYC, Prince Kingsley Umunna, said the mission of the group in all states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, was to raise a new crop of youths through mentoring and exposing them to different skills.
He said the visit was to synergize with the council on ways to purge the youths of negative tendencies and refill them with positive orientation.