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Bishop Tasks FG, States On Youth Unemployment

Posted: Jun 6, 2015 at 2:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anolu Vincent, Owerri

THE Bishop Orlu Anglican Diocese in Imo State, Rt. Rev. Bennette Okoro, has expressed concern over the increasing rate of youth unemployment in the country.

He lamented that instead of establishing industries to absorb university graduates, federal and state governments were busy establishing more non-technological universities which do not prepare the youths for career options.

This, he said, had led to high rate of armed robberies and kidnapping of citizens.

Speaking at the First Synod of the 11th Synod of the Diocese held at the St. Philips Church, Amike Parish, which had the theme “Godly Leadership-panacea for National Transformation” (Isaiah 9: 16-19), Bishop Okoro lamented that life in the country had become unbearable, while there was object poverty.

This situation, he stressed, had led many youths to seek greener pastures through the desert and using rickety boats to cross the Mediterranean Sea with thousands of them dying in the process.

“The Fulani herdsmen, who are armed to the teeth, move about destroying farm lands with their cattle and hacking the owners of these areas to death after raping their wives and daughter”.

Okoro, who condemned the skirmishes that trailed the last general elections, commended ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for conceding defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that by that patriotic act, he (Jonathan) doused what would have been a very violent response by his supporters.

“If he had acted otherwise, many people would have been telling a different story and perhaps would have run to their villages to avert the violence that might have been unleashed on the polity”, he noted.

Okoro decried the continued marginalisation of the South East since the cessation of hostilities in 1970, advising the Federal Government to ensure the implementation of the National Conference decision on the creation of an additional state for equity.

The cleric congratulated Governor Rochas Okorocha and his deputy on their victories at the polls and pleaded with them to do something urgently about unemployment, bad roads, erosion, poor electricity and water supply and absence of industries in the state.