The Chairman, G.U.O. Motors, Chief Godwin Okeke has pleaded with the Nigerian youths to allow the federal government and other stakeholders time to implement greater number of their agitations.
Okeke who gave the advice on Tuesday in a chat with newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra State, expressed concerns over the negative consequences of the protests if the youths’ demands were not met.
He cautioned that such protests must be peaceful and strictly none-violent in accord with the laws of the land’
He commended the federal government over its understanding to the agitations of the Nigerian youths and maturity in handling the ongoing #EndSARS protest.
He also praised the law enforcement agencies for managing the national protest without the use of coercion.
He said, “I must salute the Federal Government for her understanding of the youth agitations. Also commendable is how the Federal Government and other law enforcement agencies have been managing the national protest without the use of coercive means.
“The youths should look towards the direction of self-reliance through innovations and entrepreneurship, as there are no white collar jobs that would be sufficient for the teeming population of Nigeria.”
Okeke further advocated the setting up of a committee to oversee the recruitment and training of over 50,000 young graduates to various government parastatals targeted at addressing youth restiveness ocassioned by unemployment.
“This committee will comprise the DSS, professors, the Police and other relevant stakeholders. The training will arm them with the relevant skills they need for an excellent performance on the job. This recruitment exercise will take place from January, 2021 through March, 2021.
“Additionally, 50% of the recruitment should be based on geographical spread, while the balance of 50% must be on merit. This way, we can engender youth involvement in the affairs of their nation and reduce unemployment.
“More so, there must be an improved welfare package of the Police Force. The gallant and fervent officers should be promoted as and when due, with the financial benefits accrued to them.”
“My experience as a business mogul makes me understand the role of politics and governance in the development of a nation, and how they can ruin the holistic efforts of the citizens should things go sideways.
“The plague of sit-tight syndrome can be cured if we are willing to address it collectively. First, political office holders who have served for a period of 12 years should exit the Nigerian political scene, entirely, alongside those who have attained the age of 65.
“Second, it should be made a law that at 65, nobody can contest or hold a political office in Nigeria, of any sort.
“There are technologies that checkmate age falsifications; all ministries, both the federal and the state ministries, should adopt them. When this is done, the Nigerian youths will eventually take the mantle of leadership.
“Furthermore, the health entitlements for every political officer holder which serves their health treatments abroad should be cut off and directed towards equipping our hospitals and improving the welfare of all health workers in Nigeria. This strategy will surely improve the state of the health sector in Nigeria.”