FCT Youth-Network Flags Off Election Campaign

FCT Youth-Network Flags Off Election Campaign

By Deborah Musa, Abuja 

The Executive director of Abuja Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment Organization (AOIYEO) and Special adviser to the FCT minister on youth matters, Isaac David, commended the gathering of the FCT youths in coming together to elect representatives to help champion their cause with a common voice.

He noted that the youths have come together to speak for themselves as they are tired of being passengers in their own vehicles.

 He stressed  that the FCT-Youth Network is purely a platform for the youths, one of the reasons the elderly were not included in the day’s gathering as all activities are specifically channeled for the youths.

He said ‘’Our religious leaders and politicians are not here because today is purely for the youths not for the politicians or elders. We respect them, love them and recognize them as our fathers.’’

 He further called on all delegates to be contributors in solving problems in their communities and not just be onlookers He made the call in Abuja, at the FCT Youth Network election debate and campaign flag-off held in preparation for its inaugural elections. 

The questions for the debate were divided into three categories: Community, empowerment, and security.

The sessions saw candidates answer questions thrown at them based on the various categories and challenges faced in their respective communities.

 The inaugural election is set to happen on 30th July 2022 with ten candidates vying for the post of youth representatives for the six area councils namely, Abaji, Kwali, Kuje, AMAC, Gwagwalada, and Bwari while six candidates are vying for the position of the youth leader.  

Speaking to newsmen, on the debate and inaugural elections, the project manager, AOIYEO, Bitrus  Lawrence Garki explained that the election and the representatives that would be elected will truly represent their communities by helping out with the challenges faced by their community.

 He added that “it will be about capacity moves from the bottom to the top with genuine people and not just data or any form of façade hence the purpose for the debate”.

Garki also said that the youth network has been able to shift genuine capacity from the platform to the communities and from the communities to platforms by democratizing the process through an election. On creating a sustainable structure, he said.

‘’FCT comprises of 858 communities and this platform is going to have community representative in this 858 communities and this 858 communities give birth to 62 wards where we are going to have 62 ward coordinators and also with their vice which makes them 124. 

“Then we have six area council representatives with their vice which makes them 12, and then the youth leader and his deputy as well, which makes it 12. So, we are going to see a situation where capacity moves from down to the top.’’

He added. Also speaking, a member of the election committee, Ishembi Favour Shuaib said the debate was the best way to get leaders from the grassroots to speak with one voice because the debate is providing them with an opportunity to speak about their aspirations. 

She added that the lapses in the distance between the government and the governed are what the FCT Youth-Network hopes to achieve.

 The President National Youth Council of Nigeria(NYCN), Solomon Adodo, while lauding the FCT-Youth Network said the council will ensure replication of the community engagement utilized by FCT-YN in all other states of the federation.

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