By Ozo Ray
EX-ANAMBRA Lands Commissioner, Bonaventure Enemali has commended Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo’s one youth, two skills initiative; describing the scheme as a step taken in the right direction.
Enemali, who told our correspondent during an exclusive interview at his Awka residence, said the initiative would help tremendously to reduce dependency amongst youths and also make them wealth creators and enterprise owners, if they learn and master their skills especially where they have comparative advantages.
Enemali, who was also Commissioner for Youth Development and Creative Economy, said the one youth, two skills scheme of the state government would thrive a great deal if there was sincerity of purpose as he observed that Anambra State was no longer getting enough from the federation account; that human capital was integral to achieving the goal of the one youth, two skills project.
He suggested that to achieve the objective of the one youth, two skills, there was need to source for the human resources with requisite skills to impart as well as train the youths in their respective chosen skills and in line with where they have comparative advantages.
Enemali opined that human capital should be sourced inorder to provide the requisite intellectual service to the youths ; that the state government could source Anambra indigenes with such skills and intellect and partner them so they can transfer such skills and knowledge to youths especially as Anambra State begins the journey to prosperity and wealth creation with the one youth, two skills programme.
The former Youth Development Commissioner also suggested that entrepreneurs can be sourced too for the purpose of developing business plans and marketing strategies for the trainees to enable them sell their skills and services to the larger society, as well as create more employment opportunities in the state.
He was however of the opinion that the one youth, two skills project would succeed, if the youths concentrated on the skills and knowledge they wanted to acquire for self-development and self-employment, not really waiting and hoping for the start-ups they would get from the state government at the end of their trainings.