Chief Ezekiel Irmiya Afukonyo
A political heavy weight from Taraba State, Chief Ezekiel Irmiya Afukonyo has advised the youth of Nigeria to stop being used by politicians as thugs during electioneering campaigns. He gave the piece of advice in Abuja during a chat with news men.
In assessing the politics of the country, he said that the country is making progress irrespective of some mistakes. He said there are certain things to be done away with in the politics of the nation. He was particular about the politics of his own State of Taraba.
He pointed out two things that are bane of politics in Taraba State. One is the politics of money and thuggery in politics.
To eliminate these two elements from politics he advised that the youth should not allow themselves to be used as thugs by selfish politicians. On the other hand, he advised that the electorates should stop collecting money from politicians but rather vote for persons of impeccable characters.
Chief Afukonyo who has been contesting to be the governor of Taraba State for over three times said he will put an end to youth unemployment if he becomes the governor of the state.
He said he would create opportunities that will absorb unemployed youths so that they will shun money bag politicians.
In that regard he said he has established skills acquisition centers in Taraba State where youths and women are being trained on how to make liquid fertilizer, soap, pesticide, insecticide etc.
According to him, over 500 people, both youth and women have benefited from the pilot scheme. The pilot schemes are in many local government areas like Wukari, Takum, Donga, etc.
In conclusion he promised to transform the politics of the state by making sure that youths are no longer being used as political thugs.
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