By Nick Chibunna
Youths under the aegis of the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF), Diocese of Ikeduru in the Anglican communion has called on the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, to carefully review some of the policies and programmes started in his first term administration with a view to making them more functional, effective, durable and transparent.
This, according to the youths, include: the free education policy at all levels, the on-going construction of general hospitals in the 27 council areas in the state, the 25,000 Youth Must Work Programme and the construction of urban and rural roads in the state.
This was stated in a presidential address presented during their just-concluded 6th Annual Bible study conference held at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Akabo, in the Ikeduru Council Area of Imo State.
Presenting the address, the youth leader, Bro Gracious Njoku, advised Gov. Okorocha to embark on projects that could be completed in a record time, and not ones that would be abandoned at the detriment of Imo people.
He commended the governor on his free education policy, but quickly added that free education without acceptable curriculum that could guarantee employment and necessary skills after completion tantamount to a waste of resources.
He decried the deplorable state of roads in the state, especially in the Ikeduru Council Area where many roads are impassable.
The youth leader also lamented the plight of Imo pensioners especially the retired primary school teachers who are languishing in abject poverty, and dying in droves due to non-payment of their pensions and gratuities, and pleaded with the governor to come to their rescue.
On the state of the nation, the youth leader congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the 2015 polls, and at the same time urged him to wage a relentless war against corruption, insecurity, unemployment and other vices.
He also doffed his hat for the immediate past president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for his sportsmanship in defeat, which he said saved the nation from imminent breakup.
Bro. Njoku who reeled the achievements of his fellowship within the period under the review also thanked the diocesan, the Rt. Rev. Emma Maduwike and his wife, Mrs Anuli Maduwike for their support and care, and prayed to God to sustain their ministry.
He counseled his fellow youths never to despair in the face of present conflicts and crises of life, adding that after rain, come sun shine. He said that as David slaughtered the Philistine champion and led his people to victory, so would God help the youths of Ikeduru Diocese, emphasizing that the battle is of the Lord.