Agitations, restiveness rooted in youth unemployment - Ex-NASS member, Charles Ugwu advises FG


A former member of the House of the Representatives, Hon. Charles Ugwu has urged the Federal Government to embrace dialogue towards addressing secessionist agitations and restiveness across the country.

This is as he traced the two nagging issues to unemployment.

At the moment, two agitators, Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Sunday Igboho of the Yoruba nation are currently in custody, with their cases coming up tomorrow, Monday.

Ugwu, who represented Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Federal Constituency in the National Assembly believes that dialogue is the way to go.

He also urged the Federal Government to explore the agricultural value chains and other entrepreneurial endeavours to create jobs for the youths in the country.

He spoke at his country home in Umabor, Eha-Alumona, Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State during his 54th birthday celebration, urging the Federal Government to also address blatant marginalisation of certain ethnic groups in the country in order to return the nation to the path of peace and development.

The former lawmaker, who also served as Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs, and Finance in Enugu State, equally lauded the administrative style of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, adding that he has entrenched peace and equitable development at every Senatorial District in the state.

He said “I want the Federal Government to do something about youths development in Nigeria. All these agitations by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, the Sunday Igboho’s Yoruba Self-determination movement and other secessionists calls from many segments of the country have their roots on youths unemployment. A lot of frustrations are fuelling these agitations.

“To the best of my knowledge, IPOB is not about secession but agitation for inclusiveness, it is a call for level playing field for all Nigerians. The problem is that when you agitate and nobody pays attention, you will feel that you are rejected and anybody who is abandoned or treated as a second class citizen in his country may decide to do anything to ensure that what is due for him, gets to him. People are talking about secession because the Federal Government has failed to address the issues raised by the agitators.

“Most of our youths who are graduates have no job. This is not about civil service alone, government should explore other avenues to empower the youths. There are several ways apart from civil service through which government can empower the youths. There are several value chains in agriculture, for instance, that government can use to empower the youths. There are several skills acquisition programmes and entrepreneurship through which youths can be empowered.”

While lauding Governor Ugwuanyi over what he described as his exemplary stewardship as the Governor of Enugu State, he said “I particularly admire his humility. Despite the fact that he is governor, he comes down to everybody’s level to address issues affecting the lives of the people he governs.

“He has equally spread development and political appointments equitably in the state. There is no part of the state he left behind in his administration. He is not a sectional governor. He addresses every issue as if Enugu State is his own immediate constituency. Nobody would say that he is from Enugu North Senatorial District or Udenu Local Government Area the way he is handling things. I am not saying that he is a saint, but he has done well.”

Friends and well wishers who converged to celebrate him, described him as an uncommon politician and a grassroot development agent.

The former acting Chief of Staff to Governor Ugwuanyi, Barr. Peter Odo, described him as a politician with a difference.

“Hon. Charles Ugwu is a good man. When I came to campaign in Eha-Alumona, for the House of Representatives position, he led me to the field, even though, I am supposed to be his opponent because he was vying for the same position then too.

“He introduced me to his people and urged them to vote for me. Such disposition is unusual in Nigeria.

“I can tell you with certainty that either he or myself will be in the House of the Representatives for the people of Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South Constituency come 2023,” he said.

Also, the Global Chairman, Adada General Assembly, Chief Lazarus Ogbonna, described Hon. Ugwu, as a transparent leader and an amiable politician who has attracted massive development projects to his people.

He added that the records he left as the former Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs, and Commissioner for Finance, as well as during his time in the House of Representatives had not been matched by anyone.

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