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FCTA, Rotary train over 400 youths on leadership, skills devpt

9th Sep, 2019 | By Wisdom Acka | ||

More than 400 youths have completed training in leadership and skills development that would adequately equip them for the tasks ahead. The training was conducted last week by the Youth Development Department of Social Development Secretariat, an arm of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, in collaboration with the Rotary Club District 9125 of Abuja.

The over 400 youth participants, drawn from different states of the federation were trained in self awareness and management, fundamentals of leadership, entrepreneurship and employability skills development, healthcare and social vices as well as overcoming drug abuse temptations, among others. Speaking at the flag off of the training programme, Director, Youth Development, Hajarat Titilayo Alayande said that the training was designed to make them responsible citizens.

She said: "It is our belief that for them to be good leaders in the future, they have to have discipline because during the period, we have Man o War to drill them in the mornings and evenings and ensure that they conform with the rules of the camp. They will also be exposed to skills development and at the end of the week long programme, they should be able to produce something. "We also expect them to learn and propagate this understanding and message to other youths that they need extra skills, in addition to conventional education because multiple skills is required for survival in an economy like ours." Alayande further stated that the oneweek programme was funded by Rotary International, while her organization only hosted and provide the enabling environment, and provision of 300 bags given to the participants.

She however adeed: "The Centre will also train those who are interested in satellite and solar installation technologies and waste recycling. Other skills like bead making and food processing, among others would be anchored by Rotary." In related development, the Director disclosed that the Secretariat, in collaboration with a non - governmental organization, Global Women and Youth Development Initiative, unveiled a campaign for learning of skills, tagged: "I am not too young to learn a skill." According to her, it was the vision of her organization to provide "at least one youth in every home to have a skill to support him or her to earn extra income for a living so that they do not become dependent, even before going into higher institution."

Calling on other organisations to also come out and partner with the Youth Centre in developing youths, Alayande explained that such programmes would help keep them off crimes and other social vices for the benefit of the society in their respective states. Governor, District 9125, Dr. Victor Onukwugha, during his goodwill message charged youths to develop themselves, stressing that the country's independence in 1960 was won by youths mainly of ages between 20 and 40. "The future is yours, but only if you prepare. What we need is good citizens who are discipline and are well trained, and that is what we hope to prepare you for. I will closely monitor you for the next one week and make judgement on your performance.

Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, in his remarks, charged the youths to be humble, sacrificial and learn so that their future would be brighter. Okonkwo said : " Surrender yourselves to the rules and discipline. Stay focused. We all have sacrificed our time and resources so that you would have this opportunity, so take it seriously, imbibe the virus of rotations. The only way you can justify our time and resources is to be committed and learn. "Lower yourselves, be humble and learn. There is no future without knowledge. You are the future of Nigeria. I am sure that within this week, you will be what you want to be if you work hard.

News Update

The Minister said these after a meeting of the FCT Security Committee which comprises heads of the police, military and para-military formations in FCT as well as Area Council Chairmen and religious leaders.

The cheery news is coming as Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu will headline a distinguished galaxy of stakeholders for the FCT pension stakeholders retreat this week.

Finally last week, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took over managing and operating the newly- completed Nigeria-Korea Model School in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his Administration will continue to fashion policies designed to ensure employment and security of all citizens, especially the youth.

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has decried the lynching of three suspected traffic robbers popularly known as 'One chance' in Dutsen Alhaji area of Abuja last week.

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) always makes public the allocations in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's Change Agenda which harps on transparency, anti-corruption and accountability, tenets which FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has made his beacon.


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