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FCTA unveils 'Not too Young to Learn a Skill' campaign

9th Sep, 2019 | By Shaka Sunday | ||

In its resolve to deepen and entrench entrepreneurial skills among the growing youths in the FCT, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has unveiled a Campaign tagged 'I am young, I will learn a skill'.

Unveiling the Campaign on Wednesday at the FCT Youth Support Centre, Nyanya, the Director of Youths Department, Mrs. Hajarat T. Alayande, said, that the Campaign which originated after the last celebration of World Skills Acquisition Day held on the 15th July, 2019, was aimed at specifically addressing all facets of Youth restiveness including, taking them off the streets, keeping them off drugs, and providing a platform to engage their minds for self enhancement, productivity as well as earning income.

The initiative she said is beneficial in the sense that, giving the youths substantial skill acquisition in a field of their choice will make them develop into self sufficiency and reliance, it will enable them earn cash or revenue through alternative sources, it will boost their morale & confidence and above all, it will keep them off idleness. Reiterating the importance of acquiring a skill she advised the youths present at the event as well as youths across the country to learn and acquire a skill today.

Hajiya Alayande also listed the numerous skills acquisition skills located at the youth centre to include, Leather works, Carpentry, Printing press, Entrepreneurship section, Welding and Metal Fabrication, ICT, Sowing/Tailoring among others. She used the occasion to urge those present to take advantage of the centre to develop themselves noting that it is open for all.

According to Mr. Tan Dokubo, the Administrator of the centre who represented the Director of Youths, the over 100 Youths across the FCT who participated at the unveiling workshop, with age brackets of between 14-30 years, was not only inspiring but promising. It reinforces the fact that the younger generation where desirous of advancing into the next level. Master Joshua Inuwa, a 15 year old SS3 student said that the enlightenment and unveiling of the Campaign came at an auspicious time, noting that most youth of his age even in his school has continued to indulge in self destructive acts including smoking and taking hard intoxicating substances; but with this awareness by the Department of Youths, a fundamental change of thinking and utilizing their free time for additional skills to earn some money is most appreciated.

The FCT Youth Support Center was built by the FCT Administration to facilitate and organize skill acquisition training and empowerment for youths of the FCT. It is meant to build their capacity, address restiveness among them as well as make them self reliant.

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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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