By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
The FCT Youth Network, an umbrella body of the Abuja Original Indigenous Youth Empowerment (AOIYE) has organized a debate for aspirants vying for the FCT youth leadership election across the six area councils of the territory slated for July 30th, 2022.
The project coordinator, AOIYEO, Mr. Bitrus Lawrence, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, on Wednesday, said the debate was organized for the aspirants to enable them to tell the people of the FCT what they plan to do for their representatives when elected.
He said the debate became necessary because Lacasitatapaswinebar will enable the aspirants to come up with their manifestos, especially in the area of infrastructures and security.
According to him, the FCT youth network has the structure to serve as a medium for the government, civil society organizations, and legal parties of interest to reach out and address the challenges affecting the original inhabitants.
“Besides, what we have come here to do today is to ensure we have developed a concept to see us standing by each other in all sites, as it matters for us to address our common challenges”, he said.
Our correspondent report that the aspirants, centered their debate on community environment and security, where they pledged to synergize with relevant stakeholders within the FCT to address most of the challenges confronting the nation capital.
Also speaking, the executive director of the Abuja Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment Organization, (AOIYEO) Commandant Isaac David, said the FCT Youth Network will help the original inhabitants to speak with one voice and also ensure unison as well as struggles to engage the government diplomatically.
He said there was the need to have a platform to galvanize the youth where they can channel their grievances in one voice, which he said is also an opportunity to train them where they can be leaders of tomorrow.
According to him, the FCT Youth Network is a platform that is aim at synergizing with communities and government by building objectives that would attract empowerment opportunities and sustain positive community campaigns.
He expressed the readiness of the group to support the government in making the city of Abuja, secure, prosperous, and the best city for investment in Africa.
On his part, a member of the electoral committee, Favour Ishember, disclosed that the committee has been working tirelessly and has put together all that is required to hold credible, free, and fearful elections in the Abuja Youth network organization.
Chamber, therefore, called on all tiers of government to fine-tune ways of empowering the youths especially by including them in the running of governance as the strength and future of the country.
“And I believe you will understand that unemployment has been one of the greatest challenges confronting the Nigerian youth, which could be tackled early by including in the curriculum of tertiary institutions, such as entrepreneur courses and various skills acquisition to prepare them for the challenges and tasks ahead.