Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
The Secretary, Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Alhaji Oladmeji Ali Hassan, has implored chairmen of the six Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to support capacity building in skills acquisition for youth, as a sustainable way of reducing unemployment and poverty.
Hassan specifically called on the various leadership of the Area Councils to take advantage of the FCT Youth Support Centre, in Nyanya to further train their youth in assorted skills acquisition programmes available there.
The SDS boss, who made this call yesterday at the ongoing 2-Day FCT Youth skills development/empowerment summit, in Nyanya, said the initiative aims to equip youth with skills and opportunities for self-reliance and poverty alleviation.
He noted that the Nyanya Centre trains youth in several income generating skills such as wielding/metal fabrication, leather works and shoe making, carpentry, tailoring, bead making, graphic design, computer appreciation amongst others.
According to him, it is imperative that authorities of respective Councils help their teeming youth focus on harnessing abundant economic opportunities, in ore to improve their wellbeing and society at large.
He reiterated that the FCT Administration remains committed to supporting the youth in any endeavour targeted at overcoming its unemployment burden.
“ The development of any nation rests on the positive engagement of its youth through various developmental and capacity building initiatives targeted at making them self-reliant and reducing unemployment significantly.
“When youth are not actively that engaged in meaningful skills empowerment, they are exposed to those risk factors that trigger violence, drugs abuse, extortion, kidnapping and other forms of social menace that are inimical to the nation,” he stressed.
Similarly, Secretary, FCT Area Councils Services Secretariat, Adamu Bappah, disclosed readiness to issue directive to council chairmen for immediate utilization of the Nyanya Centre for empowerment of youth within their respective domains.
This, he said had become necessary, as there are no longer white collar jobs out there for the teeming qualified youth in the FCT.
Earlier in his welcome address, Director, Youth Development Department, Ereodichukwu Anulunko, said the summit targets 500 youth, for intensive personal skill development and empowerment.
He disclosed that 2,000 youth annually are being trained at the Nyanya Youth Centre, in various viable vocational and ICT based skills.
On his part, Chairman, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in FCT, Abdullahi Suleiman, who commended SDS for the initiative, said it will bolster the capacity of youth to contribute to the development of the society.
He encouraged the participants to make maximum use of the summit, so as to be self-reliant. End