An Olympic medalist/candidate for Imo State House of Assembly for Owerri West Constituency, in the 2019 general elections, Ambassador Christy Okpara, has thrown her weight behind youth development, as panacea to national development.
In an interview with LEADERSHIP at the weekend, Okpara pointed out that youth empowerment, through sports and skill acquisition, are viable options government could employ to reduce unemployment rate in the country, adding that youths form nearly 70 per cent of the country's population.
The state assembly candidate, who is contesting under the platform of Young Democratic Party (YDP), noted that youth empowerment and social development are her major areas of focus, adding that they are the main drivers of economic growth.
She disclosed that she has been able to sponsor 12 youths abroad, through her foundation, SOHO 24 Foundation, which focuses on sports development, skills acquisition and environmental preservation, to enable them acquire good careers in soccer, track and field, taekwondo, and badminton.
The medalist lamented inadequate plans from government towards sports development. "Government is suppose to go round communities to find talents in sports to engage youths into developing talents by building sports arenas where they can be encouraged, " she said.
She also noted that the Nigerian economy requires reliable hands in area of sports and social development with the experience and the political good will to attract investors to bring in prospects that would turn poverty into wealth.