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US Oregon Black Affairs Commissioner Dr Rankin Urges African Leaders to Empower the Continent's Future Through Industrialization

 

June 20, 2024, Portland, OR — Dr. Joseph Rankin, the Commissioner for the State of Oregon Commission on Black Affairs an Akwa Ibom born Nigerian native, has issued a compelling call for African leaders to embrace the G7’s recent industrialization initiatives aimed at revitalizing Africa’s economy and reducing unemployment. This plea follows a pivotal statement by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni during the recent G7 meeting in Italy, highlighting the urgent need for Europe to support Africa’s industrial growth.

Prime Minister Meloni’s address acknowledged Europe’s historical exploitation of Africa, which has led to widespread poverty and a pressing migration crisis as Africans seek better lives abroad. She emphasized the necessity of collaborative efforts to rectify these injustices, a sentiment that resonated strongly with Dr. Rankin.

 

In response, Dr. Rankin passionately advocated for the establishment of a world-class industrial hub in Africa. Citing Lagos, Nigeria’s industrial boom in the 1970s—when giants like Volkswagen and PZ Industries created thousands of jobs—he illustrated the potential for such initiatives to stabilize local economies and provide much-needed employment for Africa’s youth.

 

Dr. Rankin expressed deep concern over the escalating unemployment rates across Africa, which he believes are contributing to rising crime and illegal migration. “The current state of unemployment is untenable,” Dr. Rankin stated. “We are witnessing a tragic exodus of young Africans risking their lives to escape hardship, only to fall victim to trafficking and exploitation abroad. It is imperative that African leaders take decisive action to provide their youth with meaningful employment opportunities.”

 

The Commissioner emphasized that Africa’s future hinges on the welfare of its young population, urging leaders to prioritize initiatives that can offer sustainable employment and curb the migration crisis. He envisions a continent where industrial growth fuels economic prosperity and creates a resilient foundation for future generations.

 

Dr. Rankin’s call comes at a crucial time as African nations grapple with economic challenges and youth unemployment. His advocacy aligns with the G7’s broader goals of fostering equitable growth and addressing global inequalities, presenting a collaborative path forward for Africa’s development.

 

In his concluding remarks, Dr. Rankin called for immediate action, stressing the potential for transformative change. “Africa has the talent and the resources. With the right industrial strategies, we can build a brighter future for all,” he asserted.

 

As African leaders deliberate on the G7’s proposals, Dr. Rankin’s appeal underscores the need for a united and strategic approach to harnessing Africa’s potential and ensuring its youth have access to the opportunities they deserve.

 

For more information, please contact the State of Oregon Commission on Black Affairs.

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Emeh James Anyalekwa, is a Seasoned Journalist, scriptwriter, Movie producer/Director and Showbiz consultant. He is the founder and CEO of the multi Media conglomerate, CANDY VILLE, specializing in Entertainment, Events, Prints and Productions. He is currently a Special Assistant (Media) to the Former Governor of Abia State and Chairman Slok Group, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu. Anyalekwa is also the National President, Online Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria (OMPAN) https://web.facebook.com/emehjames

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