The founder of TNT Event, Sophie Tarfa, has urged the federal government to channel more attention to youth from the North-east of the country in order to move away from the lingering security challenges.
This, according to him, is due to their vulnerability to the crisis creating security challenges in the region, including insurgency, kidnapping and drug abuse.
Tarfa stated this during the week in Abuja at a press conference, noting that the insecurity in the region has made some youth to become deviants.
“The North-east is no longer safe as the youth become vulnerable and begin to engage in vices. Therefore, we must change the narrative and ensure government acts fast towards ensuring the youth become productive and useful to themselves and their environment.
“While government is buying sewing machines for them, they should understand that some of these youths have inner potentials that should be harnessed.
“Let them also know their skills or talents that will help them empower themselves because when a man is hungry he could sell the sewing machine to feed himself and go back to worst situation.”
Tarfa said TNT Event is a non-profit organisation and it would soon organise a two day conference tagged NEYA- North Eastern Youths Arise conference in Yola to train young people in different areas, especially in entertainment.
The conference is to hold in Adamawa on 25th and 26th October with many talents from the movie industry in attendance.
“We are also doing an award to appreciate a selected few, who have contributed in the area of community service. It would have been worst without the military and some other organisations,” she said.
Tarfa urged Nigerians to look inward and see what they can do for their communities and Nigeria as a whole to be better.