By: Wisdom Acka
No fewer than 267 youths in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) have been given different empowerment items to enable them be more productive and self-reliant.
The items include 50 shovels and rakes; 20 sewing machines and wheel barrows; 12 wheel chairs and air pressure machines, 24 sets of jerseys, 12 sets of bips and 48 match balls.
Others are: 25 barbing clippers, 30 crouches, exercise books for pupils in primary schools, as well as three table tennis boards for three town halls in the Council.
Making this donation on Thursday at Apo Town Hall meeting, the Council Chairman, Christopher Zakka Maikalangu, stated that the gesture was meant to empower the youths and discourage laziness.
Maikalangu expressed pleasure for flagging-off the 2023 empowerment scheme and distribution of empowerment materials to the teaming youths in the Council; saying it was part of his administration’s commitment to enhance productivity and discourage laziness among the youth.
His words: “I want to use this medium to encourage our youth to engage in meaningful ventures in order to earn legitimate wealth that will stand the test of time. It is better for us to work very hard, have good name and earn respect than spending our time in wasteful ventures.”
“The Council is determined to encourage those youths, who are willing to put in extra effort in legitimate ventures. You may recall that recently, the Council distributed fertilizer and other agricultural input to our farmers in order to boost their farm production…All these empowerment material must not be diverted or sold,” he said.
“They must serve the purpose it is meant for in order to engage our youths in meaningful ventures, the Chairman added.
Similarly, Maikalangu made a passionate appeal to the FCTA on the need for recreational centers across the Council.