Some youths in the FCT have called on politicians, especially area council chairmen of the FCT, to create employment opportunities for unemployed youths in the territory.
The youths, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, said the creation of job opportunities by politicians would reduce social vices in the area.
One of the youths, a resident of Dagiri community in Gwagwalada, Mr. Daniel Yaro, stressed the need for every area council administration to develop employment programmes that would engage the youths.
Mr. Yaro said, “Engaging youths as thugs during campaigns increases crime, as they will be used and dumped by the politicians.
“It is only during elections that many politicians engage youths to do unorthodox jobs. The youths should be engaged in productive ventures, this will help in reducing crime in all the FCT area councils.”
Another youth, Ms. Sarah Kaka, a resident of Kuje Area Council, called on the chairmen to adequately fund youth empowerment initiatives in order to tackle unemployment.
Ms. Kaka also identified the popular Kuje forest as a good location for tourism development in the country if it was properly funded, harnessed and handled by professionals.
Mr. Timothy Sunday, from Abaji Area Council, emphasised the need for the chairmen to empower the youths to enable them become self-employed.
Mr. Sunday said the idea of taking bank loans to start businesses was not encouraging as the interest rate was too high for beginners. (NAN)