Adelani Adepegba, Abuja
The United Nations Development Programme has urged the Federal Government to include youths in governance and developmental initiatives as a way of dousing secession agitations and socio-political tension in the country.
It said the government needed to work more effectively with youths to stop secession threats and hate speeches in the country.
The UNDP Country Director, Mr. Samuel Bwalya, said this on Saturday while addressing the String B, Batch A, National Youth Service Corps members in Kubwa, Abuja during the 2017 International Youth Day celebration.
Bwalya, who was represented by the Head, Department of Governance and Peace Building, Adams Bergman, stated that the realisation of the crucial role of youths in peace-building necessitated the UNDP partnership with the NYSC.
He said, “The NYSC is a unique platform that can mobilise youths for peace, and help to reverse the negative trends of violent conflicts with attendant loss of lives and property in Nigeria.
The Country Director described this year’s theme, ‘Youth building peace,” as apt to address the current situation in the country where youths across the six geopolitical zones were at the centre of agitations for secession,restiveness, violence and crime.
“The process of social inclusion for youths, including participation in decision-making as well as access to quality education, health care basic services, promotes their role as active contributors to society, and affords young people with the opportunities to reach their potential and achieve their goals,” he added.
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Youths’ inclusion in leadership will curb agitation — UNDP