Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State distributed 2,700 smart phones and two cars to young people in Imo as part of activities marking the celebration of Valentine’s Day.
Mr Uzodinma, who handed out the gifts at the ‘Hope for Imo’ Valentine’s Day concert in Owerri on Saturday, also promised the recipients free airtime and data subscriptions.
The two brand new cars were presented to Joshua Okeke from Orlu Local Government Area and Blessing Emekwe from Ikeduru Local Government Area who were the winners of a raffle held at the venue of the program .
The governor reaffirmed his commitment to empowering youth through job creation and called on youth to help catch criminals who disrupt the peace of the state.
He promised to replicate the gesture in the three senatorial zones of the state so that the technical authorization reaches all the young people of the state.
“I came to give young people the opportunity to be part of government and governance, to stop unemployment by empowering young people. My government belongs to you, it is your government.
“The young people of Imo and the people of Imo in general will see the magic of development in another 18 months,” Mr Uzodinma said.
Concert organizer Paschal Okechukwu, who is the governor’s special adviser on social media influence, thanked the governor for his endorsement of the event.
Mr Okechukwu said the program aimed to make young people in Imo “technologically sound and bring them up to speed with their peers around the world”.
“IMO youth are ready now, more than ever, to work with the governor and contribute their share to the good governance of the state,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the concert included musical performances by popular artists including Flavor and Chinyere Udoma.
Among the dignitaries present were former state governor Ikedi Ohakim, federal and state lawmakers, as well as senior government officials and entrepreneurs.
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