By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
The president of Help Line Foundation for the Needy, Dr. Jummai Ahmadu, has called on the government to give more opportunities to the indigenous youths in the FCT to participate in governance and decision-making.
Jummai, made the call in her massage to commemorate this year’s celebration of the International Youth Day, in Abuja.
She also commended the FCT administration for facilitating youth engagement and development through the FCT youth network, to channel their energies, passions, and talents into productive means, and for ensuring the growth and sustainable development of the nation’s capital.
She noted that youth day is an avenue that she said targets inclusiveness of youths of all ages in societal development; saying the youth must be given priority attention in the scheme of things.
“Especially because the youth represent the strength and future of the Territory and the country at large,” she said.
She, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for evolving youth-friendly programs, particularly in the social security aspect such as N-Power, and others, which she said have been instrumental in youth empowerment, and management of restiveness across the country.
Ahmadu, therefore, urged the youth not to allow themselves to be used as agents of destabilization or political thugs, particularly as Nigeria heads towards the 2023 general elections.
She also called on the youths to be mindful of their future and stay positive at all times in every situation, adding that they always keep themselves busy with productive ventures and endeavors.
She further advised them against negative vices that will only jeopardize their future and put their families in jeopardy.
According to her, there were a lot of empowerment programs that are being carried out by her NGO and other organizations that the youths could take advantage of and improve their means of livelihood.