CODE petition agencies to enhance Youth Focus Services Delivery
By Musa GAMBO, Maiduguri
Connected Development [CODE] is a non-governmental organization, whose mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa. Its initiative, Follow The Money, tracks government/international aid spending.
Code in partnership with Action Aid and Yiaga Africa has conducted a public hearing on the third phase of the Youth Organising Leadership project, the campaign is focused on young people and people living with disabilities in six selected States (Abuja, Akwa-Ibom, Borno, Enugu, Kaduna, and Lagos) and provided support for the development of a strategic document that highlighted the challenges of youths in these states. In the last two years of implementation of this campaign.
The public hearing with the theme” “Enhancing Youth Participation for Sustainable Development” is aimed at strengthening youth focus public service delivery, partnership and solutions to issues affecting young people.
Speaking at the event CODE’s representative, Mukhtar Modibbo said the hearing was organised to aid communication between government and the youths.
During the panel discussion, the representative of national youth council Tanimu advocates for youth inclusion in governance. He also urged the government to be proactive with issues regarding youth and their needs to enhance sustainability in the state.
In response, the representative of Borno State House of assembly Baba kura Maina entails of a youth organisation Plan that organise skill acquisition training to reduce employment.
He also encourages synergy between the governments and INGO’s to facilitate unemployment and tackle issues in respect of the 25 years development Plan.
He added by Promising inclusion of youths and the disabled in subsequent Economic Plans.
He further advised the youth to always strive to be self-employed and strategic in achieving their goals.
In attendance at the public hearing are Babakura Maina from the state house of Assembly, Tanimu Tahir, National Youth Council and representatives from ministry of trade and that of Finance and Economic Planning.
The event has massive attendance from Students leaders, organisations, agencies and other concerned citizens.