ENDSARS Summit: Journalists laud Umahi for empowering over 3000 Ebonyians with N3bn


Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State.

By Victor Nwegede

Journalists in Ebonyi have expressed their heart of gratitude to the Chairman South East Governors' Forum and the State Governor, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi for having organized post  EndSARS summit  and approved the sum of 3 billion Naria for the empowerment of over 3000 Ebonyi youths and women.

This was part of the communique endorsed by the Chairman of the Ebonyi State Correspondents' Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Jacob Ogodo and the Secretary, Comrade Sampson Nwafor during the weekend in Abakaliki. 

The Journalists in the communique lauded Umahi for being the first State Governor in the country to successfully organize ENDSARS youth summit, which centred on addressing the youth agitations, perceptions and other serious national issues connected to the #ENDSARS protests with their adversed effects in Nigeria.

They described the programmes as a demonstration of a true leadership by the governor and his special love for the youth population in the state.

"We wish to commend very highly, the Ebonyi State government ably led by His Excellency, Governor David Umahi for making huge efforts to address the issues raised by the youths during the #EndSARS protests. We thank His Excellency for introducing #EndSARS Empowerment Programme and approving the sum of Three Billion Naira (N3,000,000,000.00) to inject in the empowerment of not less than 3000 Ebonyians, including youths and women.

"The just concluded 7-day youths #EndSARS summit organized by the Ebonyi State Government was another pragmatic and laudable step of His Excellency, the Governor, in engaging the youth population. And for being the first State Governor to organize such a summit after the #EndSARS protests of last year,2020, that nearly grounded the entire country, is a demonstration of true leadership, his love and commitment to the welfare of the youths. We therefore, call on other leaders and State Governors to toe this noble path of His Excellency, Governor of Ebonyi State," the communique read in parts.

While commending the huge success of the summit, they called for a periodical event of this type at all levels and advised the participants to make positive use of the knowledge acquired during the programme.

"We urge that this type of youth summit should be made a period event by Government at all levels, as it would go long way in the reorientation of our youths in order to check a repeat of the likes of #EndSARS protests in the future," the communiqué stated.

The Journalists also stated that the quality of contents and the personalities assembled by the state government to teach and inspire the participants involving over 1, 500 Ebonyi youth for the summit were unprecedented and expressed confidence that the participants would yield a tremendous result.

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