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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Youth Ministry To Lunch Anambra State Network Of NGO’s



The Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy is focused to ensuring that ndi Anambra youth strongly imbibe the share values of Anambra, and as well be economically independent.

The Honourable Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Hon. Bonaventure Enemali, said this while addressing the first NGO’s Stakeholder’s interactive forum at the conference hall, of the Ministry, earlier today.

Hon. Enemali stated that the forum was put together in an effort to foster mutual relationship between the ministry and Non-Governmental Organizations, including Faith Based and Community Based Organisations, that operates and has interest in youth and community development in Anambra State.

“The government of Anambra State, under the leadership of Chief Willie Obiano, at this legacy period of his administration, has taken cognizance of the role and importance of third sector economy in youth and community development, and therefore, call for mutual relationship between NGO’s and the government of Anambra State, to move the state to a greater height” he said.

The Honourable Commissioner emphasized that, awareness and sensitization in all communities and ensuring that all government and private owned skilled acquisition/entreprenueral centres in Anambra State are functional, formed the two major factors necessary for achieving the set goals.

The theme of program; FOSTERING MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CSO’s AND THE MINISTRY, has Prof. Stanley Udedi, of Nnamdi Azikiwe University and the guest speaker, dissecting the topic, ‘Effective Monitoring and Evaluation; Panacea to Sustainable Impact on Social Development’.

According to Prof. Udedi, the information that monitoring and evaluation programs and systems generate is critical for raising awareness and promoting a debate about the efficiency of public programs and policies.

“Monitoring and evaluation, can empower citizen to hold their government accountable – as long as there are also the mechanisms in place for the government to use this feedback to make changes in budgeting, planning, or efficiency of programs” he enthused.

He listed capacity to sustain the efforts of monitoring and evaluation and access to good data and indicators, as few of the challenges associated with the implementation of monitoring and evaluation.

Being an interactive forum, members of the different bodies present, were given the opportunity to make contributions and/or ask questions.

Eze Barry, coordinator of Friends of The Poor International, from Ezinifite Nnewi, and Barrister Helen Obi, Coordinator of Girls Guild were among the few participants who asked questions that bothers on NGO’s operation in the State and the role of Government.

Responding, Hon. Comm. Enemali, informed participants that all the NGO’s in Anambra State are going to form a common front and use the state government as a brand to actualize all that they want to actualize.

“The door is open, let us come together to form a common front”.

On keeping the program running, the commissioner said, “every quarter we will be engaging all the NGO’s and in the aspect of monitoring, this ministry is out to partner with all the agencies”.

“Whatever you plan to do, we will be involve in that program from the beginning to the end and we will get our monitoring team to monitor and evaluate the program” .

“With time we will find a way to kickstart and fund the Anambra State network of NGO’s” . 

“It is important because any NGO that operate in Anambra State must be part of that network and if the body discover that there is a project that is not going well, it is followed up to ensure that program is implemented the way it should”.

“This ministry belongs to all of us, let us come together and achieve a common goal” he concluded.

Speaking also, the Honourable Commissioner Local Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Sally Mbanefo, noted that Anambra State has plenty of talented youths and consider the forum as important in consolidating on the vision of His Excellency.

On her affiliation with youths, she stated that she has been working with the youth for over 30 years and had supported them properly for the past 9 to 10 years.

“In Nigeria today, the economy is mainly a youth economy. Our future is in the hand of the youth, so we cannot plan anything without taking the youth into consideration” she declared.

Emphasizing on the important of giving, she noted that givers don’t lack and therefore supported the Ministry with 50,000, which will be paid monthly for the next 6 months. She nevertheless, promised to improve on that when things stabilized.

Concluding, she announced that her ministry will be creating a Tourism youth Club, to support the youths of Anambra and in association with the Youth ministry.

Giving the vote of thanks, Tim Chizom Onuha,  promised to be transparent in every aspect of it and the doors are wide open.

“We are happy with what the governor has done by supporting the OGP (Open Government Partnership) and that is a good step in the right direction”.

Other ministries that partners with the Ministry of Youth  Empowerment and Creative Economy, includes; Ministry of information, Basic Education,Women Affairs , Local Arts, Culture and Tourism and Health.


By Emmanuel Aniagoh












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