Igwe Alfred Achebe’s Initiative On Youth Development In Onitsha Indigenous CommunityRecently,during one of his public outings,the traditional ruler of Onitsha,His Royal Majesty,Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe disclosed that his kingdom had concluded plans to provide trainings for teeming unemployed Onitsha indigenous youths to enable them acquire skills since there was hardly white collar jobs to give them employment.According to the monarch,a lot of youths were roaming about helplesssly and needed to be engaged to help them become better and useful citizens in future.Igwe Achebe’s initiative,passion and investment in the youths is commendable and should be emulated by other monarchs in the country.We take special interest in Igwe Achebe’s intervention owing to the cosmopolitan nature and strategic importance of Onitsha commercial city.Under such circumstances,Onitsha youths who have nothing to do are exposed to all kinds unwholesome activities which the indigenes were not known for in the past.The average Onitsha indigene was known for his contentment and inclination to education but with the turn of events,a lot has changed.It is no longer news that a good number of Onitsha indigenous youths engage in illegalities which the Obi of Onitsha and his cabinet observed and wish to nip in the bud.We are also reliably informed that the Obi in Council is thinking deeply towards curtailing all kinds of extravagance in certain events and ceremonies in Onitsha indigenous community inorder to reduce expenses and lavishness in such occasions like burial ceremonies,marriages,title taking and the likes.With this development,Igwe Achebe is undoubtedly moving with the reality of time.No responsible ruler would be standing idly by and watch his subjects nay his kingdom swallowed or dismembered by vagaries of time. The Obi of Onitsha,Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe has more than any other traditional ruler,attracted and supported various youth empowerment programmes for Onitsha youths in the past.He also attracted some scholarship programmes to assist indigent students in their education.Therefore,in his quest to continue with his good works and seeking the betterment of the youth,we commend him and urge other traditional rulers to emulate him.


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