General Azubuike Ihejirika, former Chief of Army Staff, has attributed the failure of human capital to the continued security challenges especially in the North East.
Speaking at the 5th Edition of a Reality Show organised by Vision Africa Radio, a Private Radio station in Umuahia, Gen. Ihejirika, pointed out that for any country to develop, it must focus on human development without which it would be a disaster.
The former COAS who was the Chairman of the occasion held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium called on the public and private sectors to join hands in safeguarding the future of the youths which he said, would also help to reduce youth restiveness.
He said the competition was aimed at revealing the hidden talents of the youths, adding, “With this competition, no youth will engage in crime.”
“This competition is a motivation particularly to the youths, because it focuses on getting the youths to develop self-confidence and push them to rise above expectations.”
He congratulated the organisers of the programme and awardees, challenging them to sustain the qualities that attracted the award.
He appealed to them to join hands with Vision Africa to make the society better.
Earlier, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, the President, Vision Africa, decried dearth of role models in the today’s society, revealing that the essence of Vision Africa is to mould character.
Dr. Onuoha said, “We are in an era where people are looking for a role model. Those we longed to emulate have fouled the air; they are not living up to expectations.”
He said Vision Africa is in to raise a people who believe that things can be done right and “people who can think differently.”
Onuoha called on the media to portray Africa in good light as something good also happens in the black continent.
He said, “We can also make news when people are celebrating, not only warring. We can report good things like this music icon show that is happening in Africa, Nigeria and in Umuahia, Abia State.”
Interacting with newsmen shortly after she was honoured with Vision Africa personality award, Lady Buchi Ojei, the State Director, National Directorate for Employment (NDE), lauded Vision Africa for its vision to drastically reduce unemployment in Nigeria and encouraged them to not only stick to music but diversify into drama and other arts.
Ojei also encouraged the youths not to hide their talents, rather expose their potentials, especially in a world that seriously go for one’s dexterity.
Queen Esther Douglas, an undergraduate of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, emerged winner of the 5th Vision Africa Radio Music Icon and Personality Award 2018.
She was seeded sixth in the competition which had ten music icons finalists, after the initial elimination and eviction of participants that numbered about 400.