The Nigerian Minister of State, Federal capital territory, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu has advocated for alternative source of funding of FCT Ultra Modern Youth Support Center located in Nyanya aimed at promoting skill acquisition among youths in the territory.
The Minister, who expressed concern over what she described as underutilisation of the youth center, assured that the FCT Administration will no longer rely on budgetary allocations to fund the Center.
Dr. Aliyu made the assurance when she paid a visit to the Center after receiving briefs from the management staff of FCT Social Development Secretariat (SDS) in Abuja.
She said the Federal Capital Territory Administration will partner with development partners to put the centre into good use to ensure that FCT youths acquire the needed skills for national development.
According to her, “It saddens me that we have an edifice like this not been put to the desire use require to impact positively on lives and quality of living of the FCT youths and women.
“But hopefully, we know that together we can and united we can do it. We shall leave no stone on turn and we will look for development partners to assist FCT in this great journey to make living better and impact positively”.
She, however, tasked the youth to be vigilant and protect the facilities in the centre against criminals and vandals, assuring that in no distance time the facilities at the centre would be put to proper use for the benefits of all.
The Minister, therefore, commended the leadership of the FCT Social Development Secretariat for their efforts in engaging the youth on various skills acquisition programmes.
The Acting Secretary of Social Development Secretariat, Hajia Shefia Umar, commended the FCT Minister of State for her prompt response towards revitalisation of the youth Center.
Hajia Umar noted that if put to effective use, FCT youths will be employers of labour instead of job seekers.