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Sen. Nnamani: Tinubu loves youth and initiated an anti-drug campaign in Lagos.

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Senator Chimaroke Nnamani (PDP-Enugu) believes All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu should be the preferred option among Nigerian youths as they prepare to vote in the 2023 general elections.

Mr. Nnamani stated that when Mr. Tinubu became governor of Lagos in 1999, he began a series of long-term plans to address the high unemployment rate and youth problems.

Mr. Nnamani, who governed Enugu from 1999 to 2007, the same period in which the APC candidate was in charge of Lagos, stated in a series of #Citi Boy tweets that "Lagos state at the time saw a significant influx of youths looking for better livelihood."

He stated that Mr. Tinubu recognised that leaving it unattended would have been disastrous and thus launched waves of reforms that re-energized the economy.

Mr. Tinubu, according to the Enugu senator, ensured that the vast majority of the working population, primarily young people, had jobs.

Mr. Tinubu, he said, also established the anti-drug misuse campaign initiative to educate adolescents about the dangers of illicit drug use, pointing out that the widespread drug abuse epidemic had successfully destroyed many young people.

Mr. Nnamani stated that Lagos State, under Mr. Tinubu's leadership, distributed over a million naira in grants to each registered voluntary youth organisation.

"Tinubu also increased annual funding for rehabilitation agencies to over N3 million and, as a result, established youth centres where they could participate in educational and recreational activities."

According to him, Mr. Tinubu's administration spent N14 million and N4 million, respectively, to renovate the Onikan youth centre on Lagos Island and the Akinwunmi youth centre in Ikeja, while abandoned recreational facilities were renovated.

According to Mr. Nnamani, the Akowonjo Open Space received a total investment of N7 million, while the long-abandoned Igbogbo Open Space in Ikorodu was completely rehabilitated.

"In March 2003, Tinubu's administration established vocational training centres to rehabilitate hoodlums, neighbourhood boys, and the homeless who desired to make a positive change in their lives."

Mr. Tinubu, he said, accomplished this by economically empowering them through training in trades such as carpentry, shoemaking, hairdressing, and tie-and-dye.

Mr. Nnamani stated that Mr. Tinubu also introduced a free education initiative for all Lagos State public schools in 2000, which included free registration for the WAEC and NECO exams.

He also stated that Mr. Tinubu "established six job registration centres for all unemployed persons looking for meaningful employment or business opportunities."

He also established the LASU Information, Communication, and Technology Center (ICT).

"Neither the homeless nor drug users were excluded from this welfare programme."

"Over 300,000 of these Nigerians received assistance at the Majidun Rehabilitation and Training Centre, the Okooba Destitute Camp, and the Rehabilitation and Skills Acquisition Centre on Tekunle Island."

He stated that Tinubu persisted and established more state ministries, such as the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, to address issues affecting young people.

According to him, this resulted in the implementation of private sector involvement in various areas such as refuse management, which resulted in the creation of an additional 25,000 jobs.

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