By Itohan Ferguson

Just when you would think Nigeria, her leaders, her people and her policy couldn’t get any more absurd, we are forced to face a new height in ridiculousness. So his ‘imperial majesty’ Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state in a grand gesture of his magnanimity, gifts the youths of his state wheel barrows.

The hilarity of the situation isn’t lost on me, as I stare at the shiny new wheel barrows stacked majestically and conclude that it is the governor’s aim to turn the youths of his state, into human beasts of burdens. It is clear, he has no intention of having the muscles of  strapping young men of Benue state go to waste. Hence what other way to engage the brawn of young Benue men than have them go on the streets as touts pushing cargo.

It is my conclusion that this is another haphazard youth empowerment schemes by state governments to justify money that may have been diverted to more personal expenses. That his advisers couldn’t come up with a much more dignifying entrepreneurial scheme has me shaking my head in wonder. No thoughts of investing this money in agriculture or transportation as a way to generate employment and engage the youths of the states.

Whenever you go to Benue state, be sure to hail the ingenuity of Governor Ortom for creating wheel barrow entrepreneurs.

 

Comments

  1. This is absolutely the height of ridiculousness. Gifting the youth of the state wheel barrows shows the level of insult our leaders heap on the young ofthe nation. i mean who is to blame for this ; the thoughtless leaders or yout

  2. I think this is retrogressive. In this age of growing technology, giving out wheelbarrows as some sort of empowerment scheme spells retrogression. What was the governor even thinking?

  3. This is absolutely the height of ridiculousness. Gifting the youth of the state wheel barrows shows the level of insult our leaders heap on the young ofthe nation. i mean who is to blame for this ; the thoughtless leaders or youth who gleefully rush to pick up this gift of degradation?

  4. This is a non consistent and less progressive gesture by a governor who has no plans to push the youths of his states to go the distance…

  5. I think this governors are trying so hard to outdo each other’s stupidity. I mean, i thought i had seen or heard it all until Governor Ortom of Benue decides to show his benevolence to the youths by empowering them with “freaking” wheelbarrows. I weep for my country…

  6. A simplistic solution to a simplistic group of people… … he might have gotten them bicycles or motorcycles instead…

  7. i think he is trying to meet their needs at the basest level. There’s very little you can to do the uneducated. They may not appreciate technology or advance living. They just want to eat and have enough to survive.

  8. I want to believe that this ‘magestically stacked’ barrows are meant for the grassroot youths, predominantly found in the remote areas of the state .

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