More Empowerment Schemes For Youths In Oil-Producing Communities


President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) Dr. Innocent Okwuosa, wants more empowerment schemes in oil-producing communities for youths in the communities. This he believes will tackle youths’ restiveness and guarantee a better future for them.

The ICAN President made this appeal at a ceremony where he was admitted into the Royal Privy Council of Oguta, and presented with the title of Damanze Aka-Udo by the paramount ruler of Oguta Ancient Kingdom, Igwe Nnani Nzeribe Iyiche. The Oririnzere Oba is the highest ranking traditional title in Oguta.

He expressed his worries over the increasing youths’ restiveness in oil-producing communities, which Oguta is one, and promised that his tenure will address the issue by ensuring that youths in Oguta are attracted to the accounting profession through the ICAN’s Accounting Technician Scheme programme.

His words: “In my acceptance speech, I have highlighted one or two things I can do to assist the community: youth empowerment specifically, and human capital development in general, because youth restiveness is caused largely by joblessness. So, one of the things I intend to do is to garner support and introduce a scheme that would make Oguta people begin to enrol to become chartered accountants.”

In his oath of allegiance, Okwuosa pledged to be at his best behaviour while serving in the capacity of the King’s privy council member.

Furthermore, the president commended the monarch for working hard towards ensuring that peace reigns among the people and promised to contribute to several youth empowerment schemes by ensuring that the benefit of being an oil community reaches the Oguta community. He also praised Igwe Nnani Nzeribe for conferring on him the highest title of the land.

“If you are a chartered accountant or you are on your way to becoming a chartered accountant, you are not likely to engage in those things that distract the youths and make them restive; causing trouble,” Okwuosa declared.

Council members of the Institute led by the Vice President of the Institute Chief DCS Alaribe, prominent Oguta sons and daughters, ICAN members from neighbouring districts including Yenagoa and District Society, Benin and District Society, Port Harcourt and District Society, Asaba and District Society, Enugu and District Society, Awka and District Society, Onitsha and District Society, Aba and District Society, Umuahia and District Society, Owerri and District Society, and many others attended the event.








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