Hon Fred Martins who represents Warri North and Deputy Majority Whip of the House, said policy formulators should prevent a repeat of the end SARS protest which recently rocked the nation by developing programmes geared towards giving the youths a sense of belonging in governance.
The Lawmaker commended the various existing youths empowerment programs of the State government and stressed the need for more of such development programs.
Hon Martins assured the Ministry of adequate budgetary allocations to enable it meet challenges before it, even as he restated the commitment of the Delta State House of Assembly to youth development in the state.
The Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade Ifeanyi Egwuyenga said the Ministry was proposing the sum of one point three billion naira in the 2021 budget to cater for youth oriented programmes and the completion of ongoing projects.
Comrade Egwuyenga stated that the sum of six hundred and ninety seven million naira is being proposed for the rural youth skill program in 2021 aimed to continually engaging the rural youth population in the area of skills acquisitions.
He also disclosed the Ministry’s commitment to continually engaging youths in the state on development of positive social values through value reorientation programs, saying that the sum of thirty million naira was proposed for the program in the 2021 fiscal year.
The Commissioner assured the committee that the ministry would work assiduously to ensure that the impact of government is felt by the various strata of youths in the state.
In a related development, the Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Sports and Youth Development has stressed the need for enhanced budgetary allocations for the State’s Sports Commission in the 2021 fiscal year.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon Fred Martins stated this during the 2021 budget defense by the commission at the State House of Assembly.
Hon. Fred Martins who spoke alongside other members of the Committee, said given the importance of Sports in national and societal development, there was an urgent need for the rehabilitation of the existing stadia in the State, completion of ongoing sports related projects as well as the construction of new ones.
The Lawmakers commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his commitments towards Sports development in the State, even as they lauded the commission for all the laurels won for the state in recent years.
The Executive Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, Chief Tonobok Okowa, while defending the 2021 budget estimates of the Commission, hinted plans by the state government to establish a State-of-the-Arts Sports Academy in the State. Chief Okowa, who highlighted the importance of the proposed Sports Academy, noted that it would go a long way in building talents in various sporting activities as the Commission strives to maintain the state number one position in sport.
He said the Commission’s 2021 budget is targeted, among other things at maintaining and the development of the various stadia in the State.
The Chairman disclosed that arrangement is on for the hosting of the Council of Sports meeting in the State as well as a post Covid 19 Athletic competition which he said will be the first major sporting event in the country after the forced holiday on sporting activities in the country following the outbreak of Covid 19 pandemic.
Chief Okowa expressed appreciation to members of the Committee for the sound synergy between them and the Commission.