A cross-section of people of Imo State has expressed indignation over the claim by the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma that his administration has spent N8billion in empowering youths of the state.
According to Newsbreak, an Owerri based tabloid, the people insisted that the claim besides being false is also un-gubernatorial.
Speaking in a live phone-in programme on Ozisa 96.1FM Owerri on July 15, listeners who included participants in the Skills Acquisition Programmes of the government wondered how the N8bn was disbursed when none has received any bank credit alert.
Two of the listeners who called into the radio programme confessed taking part in a training programme in November 2020 at Ahiajoku Centre, Owerri organized by the state but stated that none of those who participated in the programme has received a dime out of the money promised them.
They accused the state government of trying to siphon public fund using the empowerment scheme as a smokescreen.
One of the participants recounted how she went through thick and thin to complete the training programme with her eight-month-old baby on her back only to be disappointed in the end.
One of the callers however enjoined government not to disburse the promised empowerment fund but to use it in setting up cottage industries where youths would be employed.
A visibly-livid caller counseled government to be circumspect in toying with the youths, saying that nobody should blame the youths should they choose to rise against government.
Recall that the state government had through its Ministry of Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship organized skill acquisition programme for youths who were promised N450,000 each.
And on June 26, the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma rallied about 15,000 youths who he promised to empower with N250,000 each to start their own businesses in fashion designing, barbing, tailoring, plumbing, etc.
Government had said the benefiting youths would receive bank credit alerts as they leave the Dan Anyiam Stadium venue of the ceremony, but reports showed that none has received any such alert since then.