By Musa Adamu
An aspiring House of Representive member seeking for the AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency (FCT), David Adeyeye, has called on leaders to promote community development policies that would affect youth positively and create more infrastructures for locals.
Adeyeye, who is an Abuja based Lawyer, in a statement yesterday said most youth who indulged in violence and exhibit uncultured habits in the society can be better people if they had access to fine libraries, sport centres and other basic amenities in their communities.
He said: “In our communities, you will never find libraries or sports centres. How then do we blame our youth when they watch Big brother Naija programmes, indulge in violence.”
He noted that communities within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) can be made more habitable with the adoption of what he called, ‘Legislative Agenda for Community Development’.
Adeyeye said the onus lies on representative of communities at the National Assembly to ignite fundamental development, adding that many Lawmakers had not pressured the Executive arm of government enough to effect more changes across communities.
“The community is the bedrock of any society or people, so you should have communities that would give us fine architects, sportsmen, lawyers, student, journalists and doctors.
“If you look into our communities, we do not even have that quality of life, no good schools, no waste management systems, recreational centres among others, should all that be left to the Executive arm?”
He said youth and kids in London, New York or Dubai were not better than Nigerians, but that they were exposed to better environment and amenities.
Reflecting on his goals for the FCT, he said, “I want to be able to live or have my kids live in a community where they have access to quality healthcare, sporting centres, libraries and good home environment.
“Such an environment in Nigeria will make them become brilliant, shun cultism, abhor drugs, prostitution and other forms of criminality.”
According to him, clear lack of vision and strategic plans by those representing the city at the parliament is responsible for the lack of development in the various communities.
“If you have vibrant legislative officials from the FCT that knew what they were doing since 1999, they would have pressured the government or better use alternative development plans to make all the communities habitable.”