By Stanley Onyekwere
Youth in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been urged to always cultivate and pursue self-love and education, in order to maximize their potentials and contribute meaningfully to the development of the society.
This charge was given by an Abuja based, Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Make a Difference for the Needy Foundation (MADFON) during its maiden 2020 Valentine Youth Hangout held at the Diplomatic Park, in Garki-Abuja.
The youth at the event, which was organised by MDAFON in collaboration with the Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Abuja, were sensitised by a life coach and mental health expert.
MADFON’s Founder and President, Mrs. Maria Ogbonnaya-Ngwu, while speaking on theme: Self-love and Education, enjoined youth to be more interested in loving and educating themselves, thereby ensuring maximisation of their youthful time.
Ogbonnaya-Ngwu said the foundation marked 2020 Valentine’s Day with activities designed to promote socialization and networking amongst youth, to help them cope with the countless challenges they face, and how to make the best use of their youth.
According to her; “ MADFON Foundation aims to uplift and encourage the Nigerian youth to become better versions of themselves by making healthy choices in spheres of their lives.
“They should know that they should love themselves first before loving others because what you don’t have, you can’t give. But if they love themselves and prepare themselves for the future, they will be able to make a great impact to the nation.
“Education is the path to greatness, so the essence of programme is to teach youth to love themselves and also prepare themselves for the future because the future is very bright for them but they need to be focused.”
She added that although the Valentine hangout is the first edition, but her NGO has been doing other things in partnership with Helpline foundation, which has been a pillar to the MADFON foundation.
Similarly, President of Helpline Foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, stressed the need for youth to discover who they are, and make use of that discovery to the advantage of themselves and benefits of the society.
Dr. Ahmadu noted that it was in recognition of the need to have a better society to live in that Helpline foundation always strive to look for people that have the same vision to collaborate and put programme together towards realising the objective.
“If we don’t invest in the youth, and helping them to appreciate and maximize the kind of talent God has given them, it will be difficult for us to have a development in our country.
“Because our own generation has failed them (youth) already, so we don’t expect them to be like us again let them do something that us bigger than what we gave done so that we would have a better Nation,” she stated.