The Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy is focused to ensuring that ndi Anambra youth strongly imbibe the share values of Anambra, and as well be economically independent.

The Honourable Commissioner for Youth Empowerment and Creative Economy, Hon. Bonaventure Enemali, said this while addressing the first NGO’s Stakeholder’s interactive forum at the conference hall, of the Ministry, earlier today.

Hon. Enemali stated that the forum was put together in an effort to foster mutual relationship between the ministry and Non-Governmental Organizations, including Faith Based and Community Based Organisations, that operates and has interest in youth and community development in Anambra State.

“The government of Anambra State, under the leadership of Chief Willie Obiano, at this legacy period of his administration, has taken cognizance of the role and importance of third sector economy in youth and community development, and therefore, call for mutual relationship between NGO’s and the government of Anambra State, to move the state to a greater height” he said.

The Honourable Commissioner emphasized that, awareness and sensitization in all communities and ensuring that all government and private owned skilled acquisition/entreprenueral centres in Anambra State are functional, formed the two major factors necessary for achieving the set goals.

The theme of program; FOSTERING MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CSO’s AND THE MINISTRY, has Prof. Stanley Udedi, of Nnamdi Azikiwe University and the guest speaker, dissecting the topic; Effective Monitoring and Evaluation; Panacea to Sustainable Impact on Social Development’.

According to Prof. Udedi, the information that monitoring and evaluation programs and systems generate is critical for raising awareness and promoting a debate about the efficiency of public programs and policies.

“Monitoring and evaluation, can empower citizen to hold their government accountable – as long as there are also the mechanisms in place for the government to use this feedback to make changes in budgeting, planning, or efficiency of programs” he enthused.

He listed capacity to sustain the efforts of monitoring and evaluation and access to good data and indicators, as few of the challenges associated with the implementation of monitoring and evaluation.

Being an interactive forum, members of the different bodies present, were given the opportunity to make contributions and/or ask questions.

Eze Barry, coordinator of Friends of The Poor International, from Ezinifite Nnewi, and Barrister Helen Obi, Coordinator of Girls Guild were among the few participants who asked questions that bothers on NGO’s operation in the State and the role of Government.

Responding, Hon. Commissioner. Enemali, informed participants that all the NGO’s in Anambra State are going to work together to achieve a common goal to build our youths to be economic independent.