Some youths in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have called on politicians, especially the Area Council Chairmen in FCT, to create employment opportunities for the unemployed youths in the territory.
The youths, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Wednesday, said that the creation of job opportunities by politicians would reduce social vices in the area.
Mr Daniel Yaro, a resident of Dagiri community in Gwagwalada, stressed the need for every area council administration to develop employment programmes that would engage the youths.
“Engaging youths as thugs during campaigns increases crimes, 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,” Yaro said.
Ms Sarah Kaka, a resident of Kuje Area Council, called on the council chairmen to adequately fund youth empowerment initiatives in order to tackle unemployment.
She also identified the popular Kuje forest as a good location for tourism development in the country if properly funded and handled by professionals.
“The Kuje forest is a good relaxation area that can be used for tourism development in the country”.
Kaka urged the government to focus attention on how to adequately engage youths in the country.
Mr Timothy Sunday, a resident of Abaji Area Council, emphasized the need for the council chairmen to empower the youths to enable them become self-employed.
According to Sunday, the idea of taking bank loans to start business was not encouraging, as the interest rate was too high for a beginner.