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2023: APC Empowers Youths With Cutlass, Hoe And One Yam

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The Chairman of Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River State, Evangelist Margaret Inde under the All Progressive Congress, APC has empowered youths farmers in the council each with a hoe, cutlass and one tuber of yam.

Inde handed over the items to the youths during activities to mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of the local government area as well as the celebration of the New Yam festival held on Friday, August 27. In trending pictures on social media, the council boss was seen ‘empowering’ her youths each with one yam, a hoe and a cutlass.

In her speech at the celebrations held at Cenotaph, Sankwala, headquarters of Obanliku, the council boss said, “Fellow Obanliku people, on behalf of myself and the executive council, I wish to congratulate all of us on the historic 30 years of existence as a Local Government.

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“Also as we celebrate our new yam festival signalling the end of hunger in our traditional calendar, I bring you warm greetings and candidly commend your individual and collective hard work at ensuring food security in the entire area.

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“30 years ago, our local government, I mean our fatherland – this beautiful land with different faces of natural endowments, especially its geographical landscape spread across the political wards became a reality on August 27, 1991, through a proclamation by then Military President General Ibrahim Babangida.

“I wish to proceed with my speech by making reference to the Almighty as encapsulated in Psalm 125, ‘What marvels the Lord worked for us, indeed we were glad, for it was like a dream. We rejoiced, we danced and our joy knew no bounds.

“As the current executive chairman, this occasion provides me with a great platform to tell you how we have fared with the mandate you gave us but first, I want to remind us of the economic situation of local governments in the country with very little resources available to run a government closest to the people.

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“Our youths must rise to the occasion of community building even as I congratulate them on nation-building. From Bendi to Becheve, from Bishiri to Utanga, from Basang to Bisu, from Busi to Bebi, Obanliku is one.”

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The scheme has elicited varying reactions on social media with many people criticising Inde’s youth empowerment.

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