Government of Cross River State has accused corporate organizations in the state of not employing indigenes of the state.
Though, the corporate organizations were not mentioned, but the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Comrade Asu Okang who represented Governor Ben Ayade at this year’s International Youth Day Celebration held in Calabar, said that corporate organisations in the state hasn’t done too well in employing the people of the State.
“Corporate organisations in the state have not done too well for the inclusion of Cross Riverians in their job line.
“It is important the young people in Cross River State are given a priority of employment in these Ventures”, he said, urging youths to stay clear of cultism, kidnapping, raping, stealing and other social vices.
Okang said the state, the nation, families and everybody was against cultism, and other social vices and added in tackling the problem, it was important that the youths take advantage of the EU Amnesty programme by surrendering the arms in their possession.
“I’d like to charge young people to eschew violence and to also make use of the best of their time, because their tomorrow depends on their in-actions today.
“For us to grow, it is important to understand that as young people, we owe ourselves the collective support. We should shy away from the ‘Pull Him Down syndrome’ as well,” Asu Okang said.
“The programme is the social inclusion of young people to ensure that they do next to nothing but have access to little stipend of N7,500 that can keep them away from violence.
“Also in September, the Cross River State Job Centre will be commissioned by Governor Ben Ayade to curb the issues of unemployment in the state”, he added.
Under the Ayade led administration, Asu Okang said, Cross River had domesticated the Youth Policy Document.
The document which was signed into law in February 2017 was the first in the entire country by any state.
He also reiterated that the state has obtained the backings of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Cuso International for the technical support and financing of the Multi-Sectoral Youth Programme.
Also speaking, Dr. Yakubu Aliyu of the UNFPA who delivered a statement from the Acting Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem said, Peace depended on the participation of young people.
He said the young people had the potential to act as greater forces for positive social change and to build the foundation for a just and peaceful world.