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Utomi Decries High Level Of Poverty, Unemployment

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Posted: Sep 1, 2016 at 7:40 am   /   by   /   comments (3)

Prof. Pat Utomi, renowned economist and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has described the excruciating level of poverty and unemployment in the country as very sad and heart breaking.

Utomi, who stated this when he paid a familiarization visit to the members of the APC Delta Central Elders and Leaders Forum at Chief Sylvester Knowhow’s residence in Effurrun-Warri, blamed past governments for the prevailing high youth unemployment in the country, noting that over reliance in oil against diversification of the economy has affected the growth of the other sectors which could have created jobs for the youth.

He stated that all parents pray that their children should be greater and more successful than them but that is not the case of Nigeria where a parent will labour to see their children through school, only to continue to feed and clothe them after graduation.

He added that, “a situation where parents worked and retired and their children can’t find job is very disheartening and unacceptable”, stressing  that a state like Delta has every potential to be great but poor leaders have stunted its greatness and development over the years.

While welcoming new members of the APC who recently joined the party from the Labour Party, Utomi assured them that as one of the drafters of the APC change manifesto, “I am ready to work together with other progressives in Delta State to build our party and bring change and development to Delta state.

Utomi stressed that Project Delta is workable if the right leadership is in place. He urged party faithful to put personal interest aside in the quest to rescue the state and positioning it as a center for development in the south-south region.

Chief Sylvester Kowho responding to Utomi’s remarks said he (Utomi) is nationally and internationally acclaimed as a man of impeccable integrity, adding that with his likes in Delta APC, the change that Deltans desire will not be too long in coming.

According to him; “Your type of person with proven integrity in both public and private service is what we need in Delta State to effect the desired change.

“Though you have not said you want to lead Delta State, we are glad that we have you in APC to provide leadership in our state. We want the best hand for the state and you are most likely going to be one of the best,” he said.

Comments (3)

  • Sep 3, 2016 at 10:14 am Gareth

    If you truly believe that the APC government of 15 months, and not PDP misrule of 16 years turned Nigeria into recession then you must be the one fooling himself

  • Sep 1, 2016 at 12:34 pm SunnyAde1

    Prof Pat Utomi, I am surprised that you too are fooling yourself. Within one and a half years your party APC has turned Nigeria into recesion. All of you the apostle of change!! You can see what difficulties and hardships Nigerians are facing.

    • Sep 3, 2016 at 9:52 am Gareth

      If you truly believe that APC turned Nigeria into a recession within 1 and half years, then you must be the one who is fooling himself.

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