Most of the challenges plaguing the country was as a result of long neglect of youths by successive government and other critical stakeholders, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA ) Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola has said.
He, however, called on stakeholders to prioritize youth engagement,in order to achieve sustainable national development.
Adesola made this known on Monday in Abuja, when he played to some members of the Nigerian Youth Parliament led by the minority Leader, Hon. Daniel Uwadia on courtesy visit.
The Permanent Secretary hinted that when the youths are effectively carried along in all sphere of affairs, restiveness and other vices that destroy values will be reduced to the barest minimum, if not completely eradicated.
He added that, youths were veritable assets to every nation, and the roles they play was key to economic development and growth.
According to him , ” from my days in the ministry of youths and Sports I have come to the conclusion that youths are very key and strategic to the development of every society and nation. The youths have bern very resourceful to men and the ministry as well. Even here at the FCTA the youths remain very strategic to the development of the FCT”
Earlier in his remarks, the Minority Leader, Hon. Daniel Uwadia who presented a congratulatory plaque to the Permanent Secretary, said the gesture was in recognition of his sterling qualities that have helped to motivate the youths.
Uwadia who is also the Edo state representative at the Parliament said his group came to congratulate the Permanent Secretary on his transfer to the Administration of the Federal capital Territory.
Uwadia used the occasion to appeal to youths across the country to shun violence and close ranks with government to tackle insecurity and other challenges confronting the nation.