Empowerment is not about shifting responsibilities of other stakeholders, such as the local Council, State, unto young people’s shoulders. This is because the government has a primary responsibility to provide for the welfare of the people. Accordingly, government at different levels are expected to be delivering on their mandate of creating the enabling environment and opportunities that tare conducive for the aspirations of the people and Community development.
Unfortunately, the general assumption continues to gain ground, that most elected Nigerian leaders are irresponsible and self-serving opportunist. Interestingly however, there are few leaders who have distinguished themselves as exemplary statesmen. These few crops of visionary rare breeds remain totally selfless and passionately committed to the welfare of the people they are elected to serve.
Such outstanding leaders deserve recognition and encouragement. This gesture awakens others in positions of trust and responsibilities to the fact that the society is watching, thereby keeping them on their toes.