FCTA targets 500 for youth empowerment
The Mandate Secretary of Social Development Secretariat, SDS, Alhaji Oladimeji Hassan, has revealed that over 500 FCT youths will participate in the forthcoming youth empowerment program aimed at engaging them in trainings that will improve their skills and make them self-reliant.
The secretary disclosed this, last week, during a media parley with journalists.
"We are really worried about the rate of unemployment amongst the youth particularly within the FCT. So we designed this program to host about 500 FCT youth with the aim of sensitizing them adequately on self-employment and self-reliance in absence of paid employment.
"We are saying that young people should not fold hands and wait until somebody engages them and pay them salary or wages, we are saying that there are opportunities for them to learn skills that can help them make money and take care of themself", he stated.
Hassan further stated that a lot of resources abound in the FCT which requires determination and commitment to harness.
Speaking on commercial sex workers in the city center, Hassan stated that FCTA has a taskforce on ground that usually picks up prostitutes, adding that it is not the work of the SDS to pick them up, but it is the responsibility of the secretariat to rehabilitate the prostitutes.
"Once they are picked up, they are given to the SDS for training. They are released to the secretariat to impact new skills on them so that they don't have to go back to the road," he stated.
“If I may inform you, we have a program this year 2018 to see how we can embark on a massive training of FCT prostitutes. We give them training in all kinds of skills and at the end of the day we also give them start-up pack so that we will not just go home without any form of empowerment because if you leave them no matter how much training you give them, if you don't give them the resources they will go back to the streets".
Earlier, the FCT Director of Youth, Mr. Ereodichukwu Anuwokwu, stated that some of the mandates is to provide a nurturing environment, protecting rights, and advocacy for women, children and other vulnerable groups in the territory.