Nnaji, who hails from Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu, disclosed during the presentation of the palliatives that the welfare and progress of Nigerian youth were very important factors in guaranteeing the future of the country.
He decried the rising rate of joblessness among Nigerian youth without any provision of social welfare from the government or non-governmental organisations for their survival.
He stressed that it was high time for all hands to be on deck in revising the trend.
The don pointed out that the essence of the palliatives was for the upkeep of the youth in Enugu state, against the economic hardship brought about by the Coronavirus disease.
The palliatives, which were handed over to youth leaders in the 17 local governments in the state at a colourful ceremony in Enugu, included bags of 10 kilogramme rice, face masks, hand sanitisers among other items.
Nnaji, who is also a visiting scholar of University of Kansas law school, USA, expressed his desire to roll out programmes that would engage some of the Nigerian youth meaningfully.
He said that the aim was for them to contribute their quota to the socio economic and political development of Nigeria, in line with the trend in most civilised countries of the world.
He further called on well meaning Nigerians who had made success in the various endeavours to come up with their own initiative in solving the massive problem of youth unemployment ravaging the country in recent times stressing that “government cannot do all alone.
“Our youths are the hopes of tomorrow and it is high time everybody showed concern about their welfare so we can secure the future for this country.
“I decided to channel my own donation of palliatives to support the jobless Youth in the state based on my findings that all other donations from corporate bodies and government has eluded them.
“Our youth should be encouraged to play significance roles in all sectors of our economy if we must get the system working.
“A lot of people believe in gerontocracy. But we believe in the youth. Our youths definitely will make the change,” he added.
Prof. Nnaji disclosed that he was working out human capacity building programme for Enugu youth which would entail provision of advance studies for some of them.
He said that such would eventually equip them to fit in properly in arts of governance where they would be performing creditably.
He said that he was inspired to donate the palliatives as his own support to the good governance enthroned in Enugu state by the present administration led by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Receiving the palliatives, the Enugu State youth coordinator, Mr Henry Atigwe, accompanied by the youth leaders from the 17 local government areas in the state, extolled Prof. Nnaji for his gesture.
Atigwe stated that the don was the first to tow that direction and called on other well meaning citizens from Enugu state to emulate the gesture.
He noted that the high rate of unemployment in the country had compelled millions of Nigerian youth to belong to the vulnerable.
He assured that Enugu youth would give total support to Prof. Nnaji in his future endeavours and prayed God almighty to reward him abundantly.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)