(NAN) Gov. Liyel Imoke of Cross River on Saturday urged youths to take advantage of government's envisaged job creation from foreign investments.
Imoke said about 40,000 direct and 74,000 indirect jobs were being expected from foreign investments in the state.
He gave the advice at the Bridge Leadership Foundation 2013 Career/Founder’s Day in Calabar.
According to Imoke, there has been tremendous entry of foreign investments into the state, based on the economic climate created by the administration.
``These investments will provide about 40,000 direct jobs and about 74,000 indirect jobs, meaning that youths need to equip themselves with the prerequisite practical skills which the proposed Polytechnic, Ugep, will provide,” the governor said.

Imoke, who is the founder of the foundation, gave the assurance that it was a veritable platform to develop the innate talents in youths.
According to him, participants in the activities of the foundation “do not need to see the governor to succeed in life”.
He enjoined participants, who were mainly youths, to take advantage of the numerous intervention agencies put in place by the state government, to better their lot.
``The unemployed graduates among you should take advantage of the Micro-finance Entrepreneurial Development Agency and grow their businesses.”
``The foundation seeks to address gaps in the provision of practical leadership models of young people.
``It provides the platform designed to improve, motivate, train, mentor and empower.’’
Imoke said that coming from a poor background was no longer an excuse for young people not to excel in life.
``There are possibilities that abound in the state for them to key into, to create wealth and jobs,’’ he said.
He assured the state that the foundation would continue after his stewardship as governor. (NAN)

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