The State Government will increase the 2018 budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Youth Entrepreneurship and Sports Development by three hundred percent to encourage more youth oriented programmes.
The Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budgets and Development Partners, Mr. Mark Okoye, made this revelation at the N-power programme review meeting with the volunteers from Anambra South Senatorial zone.
Mr. Okoye who recounted the progress of the N-power as being implemented by the State government also revealed that all Ministries will allocate five percent of its budget to youth empowerment initiatives, stating that the move is in line with the government’s placement of the sector as its priority.
In her presentation, the Deputy Focal Person for Social Investments and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Donor Agencies, Mrs Chinwe Iwuchukwu, said the review meeting was to assess the success of the N-Power programme which has over four thousand and sixty-five volunteers in the state.
Also speaking, the Coordinator in-charge of volunteers in the Health Sector and the Executive Secretary, Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Chioma Ezeenyimulu, commended the initiative and said it is helping to integrate the unemployed to become usefully engaged.
Some of the N-Power Volunteers who spoke to ABS, Solomon Anagboso from Ekwusigo Local Government Area and Doris Nwaeze from Nnewi North, said the review programme has helped them have face to face interaction with the authorities, tell them their challenges and get assured of its rectification.