FCTA moves to tackle unrest in Abuja

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The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has said the administration was taking steps to tackle youth restiveness that resulted to looting and destruction of government facilities.

The minister stated this during a virtual stakeholders’ meeting. He called on critical stakeholders to embark on strategic sensitisation of residents across the six area councils in the FCT.

She commended Kuje youths for their efforts in repelling the hoodlums who attempted to disrupt the peace in their community and called on other youths from all area councils to be vigilant and remain peaceful.

The minister stated that the FCT Administration through its Social Development Secretariat had set-up data desks aimed at collating the data of the youth across all area councils, adding that the data collated would help to identify the needs of the youth with a view to engaging them.

She said: “Because all area councils have peculiar demands, these data desks will be designed to serve individual area councils according to their needs and demands.

However, whatever decision is going to be made by the administration, we will include inputs from all stakeholders as this will make us to serve residents better.”

While speaking on School Feeding Programme, Aliyu stated that her office has been working on training the indigenous women and youth of the FCT on how they could handle the school feeding programme so that they have more control over what and how their children are fed.

She assured that measures have been put in place by the Social Development Secretariat to engage the youths and women in vocational training, just as she tasked all stakeholders to work towards identifying vocal youths and setting structures for leadership positions.

In their various contributions, stakeholders commended the minister for recognising the role of critical stakeholders in governance, just as they pledged to assist the administration to achieve peaceful co-existence in the territory.

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