The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Youth Stakeholders Forum has applauded the Minister of State for FCT, Hajia Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, for facilitating the appointment of young people into the board, departments, and agencies under the ministry’s supervision.
The group also encouraged the FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello to do more in the area of youth inclusion.
The Convener, Honorable Zakari Gambo Babale, made the call after the technical session of the Forum’s Democratic Governance Working group, Wednesday in Abuja.
He said: “The Minister of State for FCT has re-echoed her belief in the capacity, character, and competence of FCT youth by facilitating the appointment of several young people as Board members of different Departments and Agencies of the FCT”. The Youth constituency in the FCT received the news of the development with utmost gratitude and assurance that youth inclusion is at the epicenter of the governance process of the FCT administration.
“Meanwhile, the Forum encourages the Minister for FCT to build on the foundation that the Minister of State has mounted by imbibing the principle of inclusion in the constitution of Board members for the remaining Departments and Agencies.
“Already we have seen from the recent appointment of Board members to some of the Departments and Agencies of the FCT that the administration is comfortable with working with young people to add 21st-century value to governance in FCT, however, it is highly important to plead to the Minister of FCT to consider the appointment of more young people to fill vacant positions across the FCT Departments and Agencies”.
“With no doubt in our minds, we believe that the foundation that those appointments would build in the socio-economic and political lives of young people in FCT would contribute to the overall growth and development of the FCT”.