Nigeria 2015: I’ll focus on youth empowerment if re-elected, Jonathan says

FILE PHOTO: President Jonathan at PDP Rally in Ibadan

President Goodluck Jonathan says his second term in office will be to empower and encourage more youth to be great leaders through youth-oriented programmes.

Mr. Jonathan made the promise at the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, held at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri on Saturday.

He said his administration recognised the creative ability of the youth, especially in sports and the entertainment industry, which must be encouraged and appreciated.

“We recognise the creative attributes of our young people which must be appreciated through grants and other supports.

“The YouWIN and agricultural programmes of this administration are all geared towards making our talented youth young millionaires”, he said.

He said his administration also recognised the value of education in preparing the youth for the future hence had established 12 conventional and two specialised universities in the last six years.

“Our aim is to prepare the young people for their future roles as leaders in sports, education, and in the entertainment industry”, he said.

The President said his government would continue to carry Nigerian women along and ensure that they were projected to the outside world.

He promised to do this by boosting the office of the first lady and giving more support to women empowerment programmes.

“It is not enough to just give ministerial appointments; my administration is focused now on projecting Nigerian women to the international limelight”, he said.

Mr. Jonathan said through TETFund and Sure-P, his administration had initiated and completed major projects in Imo.

He called on Imo sons and daughters to vote massively for the PDP in all the political positions.

The National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, stressed the commitment of the party to youth development.

Mr. Mu’azu noted that Mr. Jonathan’s administration was result-oriented and called on all Imo residents to support the party in the senatorial, representatives, gubernatorial and presidential elections.

The Director General of the Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ahmadu Ali, urged Imo residents to collect their Permanent Voter Cards and support the party in the upcoming elections.

Governor Theodore Orji of Abia who is the South East zonal campaign coordinator of the presidential campaign, commended Imo residents for coming out in their numbers to honour the president.

He urged them to vote massively for the party and for Mr. Jonathan who he said had interest of the Igbo’s at heart.

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and PDP governorship candidate in Imo, Emeka Ihedioha, said the state had complete faith in the party and would continue to support it.

He promised to reinstate the displaced beneficiaries of the 10,000 jobs created by the former Governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim, if elected.

Mr. Ihedioha held that a great number of the youths had been rendered jobless with the cancellation of the scheme.

He also promised to revive vocational schools in the state to encourage youth self-employment.

The gubernatorial candidate said his administration would give qualitative and free education in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education programme of the Federal Government.

Mr. Ihedioha also promised to improve the health sector in the state, promising free health care for pregnant women.

He thanked the president for dualisation of the Owerri/Aba Road and asked for its completion as soon as possible.

The National Woman Leader of the party, Kema Chikwe, called on Imo women to support the PDP as it had always recognised and appreciated the contributions of women to national development.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the party’s flag to the gubernatorial candidate of the party, Mr. Ihedioha.

Also present at the rally were former Super Eagles stars, Kanu Nwankwo and Joseph Yobo, who added colour to the rally as well as other PDP political big wigs.

(NAN)


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  • Olu from South Africa

    This needs to be echoed. ”the problem that we have is the President himself- a President who prides himself on his own weakness and incompetence and whose love of false prophets and strange women knows no bounds and has no end. A President who is as confused and as clueless as the comic character called Chancey Gardner in the celebrated 1970’s Peter Seller’s Hollywood blockbuster titled ”Being There”. A President who does not understand the meaning of the word ”class” or ”honesty” and who breaks his own word consistently. A President who has abdicated his responsibilities, destroyed his own political party, divided his own country, alienated his own friends, humiliated his own mentor, abandoned his own people, brought ridicule to his own faith, cowers before his own officials, betrays his own governors, scorns the international community and BREAKS HIS SOLEMN OATH TO PROTECT AND DEFEND THE NIGERIAN PEOPLE. A President who does not even have the nerve or the guts to call to order any of the numerous Jezebels that control him. – Femi Fani-Kayode

    • real

      Good talk

  • ABUBAKAR A.

    Promising youth employment now? What happened in the last six years of your administration? PDP is a joker.

  • Stomach Infrastructure

    It’s too late, bro. It’s time for change. It’s time to end unprecedented insecurity, wanton corruption, audacious stealing and absolute cluelessness. SAI BUHARI!

  • The APC have been consistently saying that
    the PDP have ruled Nigeria for 16 disastrous years in which corruption,
    impunity, insurgency, armed robbery and several ills of society held
    sway, but at a very close look at the APC,
    I am seeing Amaechi – 8yrs speaker; 7yrs governor under PDP, Atiku –
    8yrs Vice president under PDP, Akume – 8yrs governor under PDP, Bukola
    Saraki – 8yrs governor; 2yrs Senator under PDP, Timipre Sylva -4yrs
    governor under PDP, Audu Ogbe – 2yrs chairman of PDP, Aminu Masari –
    4yrs Reps speaker under PDP, Chris Ngige – 3yrs governor under PDP,
    Kwankwaso – 7yrs governor,3yrs Defense minister under PDP, El rufai –
    4yrs FCT minister, 2yrs BPE chairman under PDP …and to cap it all they
    went to OBJ begging, a man who spent 8 of the disastrous 16yrs as the
    maximum ruler of Nigeria to come and lead them on a rescue mission. It
    is now clearer that APC is a waste basket of the PDP, where the people
    who created and perpetuated the ” 16 Disastrous years” are.
    please Nigerians, what is the change in this APC?

    • Kennedy

      Yes o and they have mouth to talk…After messing up the room they ran outside and started accusing the people in the room…Oshi

  • John

    Youh Employment ? Great…for those that are blind to the previous youth empowerment, SURE-P, Integrated Youth Empowerment Programme (IYEEP), Community Services, Youth and Women Empowerment (CSWYE) and the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS),are some of them, so please shove your ignorance one side

    • Iruke

      And Public Works and Women/Youth Employment (PW/WYE) that started in 2012…and Now he is bring in More? abeg na #GEJ2015

  • Femi

    Thank you sir for all the previous ones, We are Greatful

  • Nnamdi Amaechi

    Good One

  • GEJ go still dey do am dey go……..i dey your back mr president

  • chinwe davis

    wow, i thought i was the only one on his team and by his team i mean#teamGEJ

  • Obi87

    GEJ has enacted multiple reforms to diversify the economy and provide alternatives for young Nigerians, his reforms in agriculture are working. There is a long way to go but we have to be patient. Buhari keeps on making promises with no explaination as of how he is going to achieve them! GEJ has the experience necessary to implement a governance plan that will have an effect on the Nigerian economy, which it will be key if the low oil prices continue.

  • Hadiza Okafor

    Youth empowerment is something our country cruelly needs. We need new ideas, new political figures, new policies, in a word, a new generation of leaders, not old corrupt representatives and a 72yr old dictator who claims his is the candidate of change. GEJ gets it.

  • Ukpono

    Who’s the Man of The Year 2015?. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Which is the ruling party?. PDP

  • Nwaobilor

    The Nigerian social media should stop basking on the challenges of this administration but document positive changes as well.

  • nwaeke

    This cannot be over-sounded more than it’s been done now. Follow the GEJ moving train of transformation or be left behind.

  • Emeka215

    Abeeeeg my brother help me tell them oooo. Before Nigeria go leave some people behind.

  • Kufere

    AAAH! AHH! See this guys oo. Una don they buy bus tickets already, i hear say na 1st class Private Jet dem dey use dis time oo. Mak we they go with Goodluck joor.

  • Enumah

    Hahahahaa These guys are funny i must give it up for yall. Gej all the way by the way.

  • Enumah

    So sad that Buhari can’t let go of this mirage of ruling this nation again. SMH

  • Divine West

    That is my President talking and i believe he will do it.

  • Ndubuisi Chinedu

    A man of his word

  • Maka S

    Despite what some out there claim, this just goes to show that Jonathan is a committed leader and will guide Nigeria in its path to democracy by reforming the economy, fighting insurgency, and creating educational opportunities for everyone in the country.

  • Akinfenwa Mikel

    I fear what may happen to these great programs of empowerment for young and women should the former dictator be elected. As usual GEJ talks of his positive reforms and says he wants to build on them in the next four years — where are any ideas from Buhari? Oh, that’s right. He has zero. Elect GEJ and keep Nigeria on the right track. Democracy!