Friday, 27 January 2017

THE BUSINESS IN YOU DAILY: Rebuilding a Devastated Community


Remy Chukwunyere writes from Imo State.....

Dear IYB readers, Good evening and how are you all doing today? Every day, I get encouraged as I encounter young people, who are eager to be empowered to begin to do things for themselves.

If you’ve been following this discussion since this week, you will agree with me that our youths have arisen to take their destinies in their hands.

Today, I met with the Executive of Awara Court Area Youth Association from Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State led by their President, Marcelinus Enyia. Their story is so pathetic that you can even borrow to support any empowerment programs that will benefit them.

For the past 4 years, these communities were thrown into a crisis that led to the destruction of lives and properties worth millions of naira by armed militia and cult groups. Worse is that members of these communities: men, women, youths and children fled their homes in search of safety in other neighboring communities.

The situation got out of hand until when the Rescue Mission Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the Executive Governor of Imo State granted the warring militants amnesty, few months ago.

As peace is gradually returning to these communities, there is an urgent need to first change the orientation and mindsets of both the ex-militants and other inhabitants who suffered the traumas of losing their family members, houses, properties, farms, etc, to be followed by multi-sectoral empowerment programs. Many thanks, to the Imo State Post-Amnesty Committee for their efforts, so far.

Today’s visit by the members of the Youth Association, which partnered with the Peace building department (P4P) of the Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) in the various reconciliation processes is a cry for help from my office. During their various presentations, I saw a sincere call for support and transformation from both the State Government and all other stakeholders interested in the peace and development of rural communities.

As a youth development professional, I have accepted this call and will apply my little resources to intervene in these communities. Even though, our efforts shall be complementary to what the Post-Amnesty Committee is doing, they are still going to be valuable and appreciated by the people of these devastated communities.

Are you interested in supporting these intervention programs in Awara, Ochai, Assa and Obile communities of Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State? If you’re, please, call me on 08038702075 or email imostatejobs@gmail.com

Many thanks for your time and don’t forget that we’re reaching you from Youth Cooperative and Enterprise Academy. Visit www.youthscare.org for more information.

Good night and God bless you!


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