Richard Ginika Izuora
Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology has restated the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in implementing the five-point demand of the #EndSARS protesters.
Onu gave the assurance regarding the #EndSARS demands in Abakaliki on Sunday, November 1, during a sympathy visit to Miss Favour Imoha, a 300-level medical student of the Ebonyi State University (EBSU), who was hit on the head by a stray bullet during the protest in Abakaliki.
The minister said that the ‘Executive Order Five’ was aimed at industrializing the nation and also appealed to the youths to cooperate with the administration to succeed in its strive to create more jobs for the citizenry.
He said that Buhari was working hard to bequeath a new Nigeria that the younger generation would be proud of.
He urged the youths to take advantage of the N75 billion victims survival fund; and also other federal government’s economic intervention programmes to empower themselves.
“The future is for our young people and if we don’t give them the best; what will happen in the future when they govern the country?
“The message to our youths is that your voice has been heard at the highest level; and that all your #EndSARS demands as contained in the 5-point demands have been accepted and are being implemented,” Onu said.
Onu, said that violence was inimical to national growth and development.
He, however, cautioned youths against indulging in violent agitations; and urged them to use dialogue as a means to achieving their demands.
The minister, who regretted the magnitude of destruction of critical assets and property of private citizens; by angry youths in the wake of the #EndSARS protests; advised youths to adopt dialogue in resolving grievances.
The minister prayed for the speedy recovery of the victim; and others who sustained different degrees of injuries; during the violent protests in the state and for the peaceful repose of those who lost their lives.