The Vice President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene, has commended the Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, for appointing more youths in his administration.
Okeke-Ogene said the governor’s action demonstrated a revolutionised system of government and mentorship in the state.
The Igbo leader stated this in Awka, on Monday while addressing journalists.
He expressed satisfaction with the governor’s approach to political appointments and commitment to due process, adding that appointing more youths will end the era of recycling of old leaders.
He noted that the youths, if well tutored and mentored, would be properly equipped with wealth of experience that would enable them to effectively and efficiently take over future leadership of the country.
He said, “The policy of appointing youths in political positions will no doubt end the era of recycling old leaders and denying up and coming generations the opportunities to master governance.
“This will inculcate the needed discipline and basic principles of selfless service in them as well as the need to entrench merit and due process in the system.”
He urged those appointed to various positions to justify the confidence reposed in them through dedication and hard work and learning from the wealth of experience of the governor for inspiration.
Earlier, a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Dr. Mike Omenugha, had said the appointment of the youth into positions of responsibility would help to build their self-confidence in administration and enable them to become role models.
Omenugha called on other South-East governors to emulate Soludo’s approach to governance and to effectively harness the potential of youths to build a better future for the region as well as bring permanent solution to the challenge of youth’s restiveness.
No fewer than 21 young persons were recently appointed transition committee chairmen in the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.