The lawmaker representing Enugu East senatorial district, Chimaroke Nnamani on Thursday expressed his support for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Nnamani ahead of the 2023 presidential election charged youths in the country to vote for Tinubu.
The lawmaker in his call did not clamour for support for the presidential candidate of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
The former Governor of Enugu, despite being a member of the PDP, has on different occasions aired his support for Tinubu against the former vice president.
Nnamani, on Thursday in his call for youths to support Tinubu, said the former Governor of Lagos State has shown that he has what it takes to project youth-friendly policies.
The lawmaker, in a statement released in Abuja, said Tinubu as the Governor of Lagos State in 1999 came up with policies that addressed the high unemployment rate, sense of instability, and others that were challenges for others at the time.
He further stated that Tinubu recognised that it would have been disastrous if the youths were “left unattended, and therefore launched waves of reforms that re-invigorated the economy and ensured that the vast majority of the working population, who were primarily youths, were employed.
“To further address the challenges, Tinubu distributed over one million Naira in grants to each of the registered voluntary youth organizations as tokens of appreciation for their helpful efforts at reorientation and to encourage them to be more productive.
“Tinubu also increased the annual funding for the rehabilitation agencies to over three million Naira and subsequently created youth centres so that people would participate in educational and recreational activities that would help them develop healthy self-esteem in a secure and well-supervised environment.
“Vocational training centres were developed by Tinubu’s administration in March 2003 to rehabilitate hoodlums, neighbourhood boys, and the homeless who were desirous of making a turning point in their lives by economically empowering them through training in professions like carpentry, shoemaking, hairdressing and tie-and-dye.”