The Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has advised youths to imbibe the virtues of peace, tolerance and reconciliation to curb ethnic, religious and social strifes.
Governor Ugwuanyi made the comment when he received the Executive Mmembers of the Student Christian Movement of Nigeria (SCM) who were on a courtesy call at the Government House Lodge, Enugu, on Friday.
The governor noted that the many significant milestones the body has recorded in its 75 years of existence in the country stems from their dogged commitment to the founders’ noble goals.
He also commended the body’s decision to hold its 25th Anniversary in Enugu, describing the gesture as a great honour and prayed for God to grant them success throughout the event as well as in all their endeavours.
“As a government, we will continue to demonstrate our commitment towards building a new foundation for our children through expansive youth development, policies and enactment of quality legislation such as the Enugu State Child Rights Act,” he said.
The group’s president and leader of the team, Rev. Eric Ighalo, noted that SCM was established 75 years ago by the former governor of Eastern Region, Sir Francis Akanu Ibiam, to help the youth imbibe Christian virtues and ensure they acquire useful leadership skills.
He praised Governor Ugwuanyi for making the people’s welfare the administration’s priority, adding that his projects on roads, water, healthcare and electricity are worthy of emulation.