Young per­sons need ed­u­ca­tion, se­cu­rity to de­velop

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - By Sher­i­fat Amako

Young per­sons have called on gov­ern­ments to pro­vide them with se­cu­rity and free ed­u­ca­tion to en­able them reach their full po­ten­tials and con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to na­tion build­ing.

The young per­sons who spoke ahead of the sum­mit for the In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl Child at the Na­tional Cen­tre for Women De­vel­op­ment (NCWD), were from 15 sec­ondary schools within the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory, Abuja.

They had gath­ered to dis­cuss the plight of the Nige­rian child, es­pe­cially the girl child.

Master David Austin, a stu­dent of Ju­nior Sec­ondary School (JSS), Wuse Zone1, Abuja, noted that lots of young peo­ple had been dis­placed across the coun­try.

“Young peo­ple need to be en­cour­aged, girls are be­ing traf­ficked, and we have so many young peo­ple who are school dropouts.

“The gov­ern­ment should make sure se­cu­rity is prop­erly put in place to pro­tect us be­cause when there is no se­cu­rity, ed­u­ca­tion can­not be achieved,” they said.

Miss Regina Ig­weze, another stu­dent from JSS Garki, Area 11, said that young peo­ple could be the se­cu­rity they de­serve by en­sur­ing ab­so­lute care­ful­ness in all they did.

Ig­weze added that clam­our­ing for change would not make any im­pact if the younger gen­er­a­tion was not af­fected pos­i­tively.

“When girls and other young peo­ple are care­ful in any­thing they do, they can cause the se­cu­rity they wish to see.

“We also need more to be done, it is not enough to dwell on change when much is not be­ing done to change the sit­u­a­tion for young peo­ple.

``Nige­rian chil­dren re­quire ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion be­cause ed­u­ca­tion is the key and has the abil­ity to re-unite peo­ple,” Ig­weze said.

She added that the peace of the en­tire na­tion would be achieved if the cit­i­zenry ac­cord each other peace in our var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties.

Ms Onyeka On­wenu, the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the cen­tre, urged the young peo­ple to be fo­cused and al­ways be­lieve in them­selves to achieve their dreams.

On­wenu said that it was im­por­tant young peo­ple spoke up on what they felt and what they wished the coun­try to be when they be­came the prospec­tive lead­ers of the na­tion.

She, how­ever, urged them to speak up when­ever they were meted with vi­o­lence, adding that it will en­able them over­come their fears and also soar higher in life.

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