Recently, the picture of wheelbarrows with the name of Governor Ortom of Benue State boldly written on them went viral.
Immediately, Nigerians began to react lambasting the Governor for his idea of youth empowerment.
The thought is probably that, ‘what’s wrong with providing wheelbarrows to youth in order to encourage them to return to farming? After all, the youths are jobless and Benue State is the food basket of the nation.’
Wow! What a great idea. Graduates, masters holders and PhD holders who are from Benue should please return home to collect their wheelbarrow.
Of course, the Governor has denied ever giving permission for such an initiative. But don’t worry Governor we know the detractors and we are going after them. Your wheelbarrow empowerment has scored a strong political point and your second term is guaranteed!
You are not the only one doing this. The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose termed it stomach infrastructure. Giving rice, beans and other foodstuffs to people and he won.
In Lagos, we see politicians distributing sewing machines, Keke marwa (tricycle) and grinding machine all in the name of youth empowerment and poverty alleviation. The people collecting it will proudly pose for the camera smiling alongside the smart politician!
In fact, there was a time when Lagos state government said they want to employ graduates as conductors. Ha… Graduate life has finished! Common… Don’t be arrogant… Is it not just to conduct bus? SMH.
Obviously, these politicians know that their youth empowerment initiatives are a farce to say the least. They want the youths to keep returning back to beg for alms. Why can’t they set up a proper youth empowerment initiative like a startup accelerator where winners will be aided to stand on their on?
They don’t want to teach the youths how to fish. The youths too need to realize that these politicians don’t care about them. The quicker they realize it the better.
Written by Damilola Faustino