No fewer than 103 persons have been empowered by a group, Society for the Youth and Downtrodden (SOYD), as part of its contributions towards reduction of poverty in the FCT.
The group’s acting president, Jerry Ogbu who made this known while addressing journalists said the group wanted to use empowerment as a means of defeating poverty.
He said residents needed to be given a sustainable way to fend to themselves, adding that the government should do better in reaching the downtrodden in the Territory.
He noted that the federal government should extend its social investment programme to other states so that more people would be captured.
He said the group had formed a 100-man committee on the interest of the nation to devise innovative ways of reaching out to the poor and downtrodden in the Federal Capital Territory and other states.
According to him, “It is of the interest of the nation to see how the country will move forward. We don’t want Nigeria to be called the headquarters of poverty in the world,” adding that the committee would be formally inaugurated in December.
Ogbu said the members of the committee comprise youth in various professions, whom he described as a think-tank that would deliberate on ensuring social justice for residents.
He said with the committee, the group would be able to reach out and empowered larger residents thereby achieving its goals.