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NGO Calls for More Investment in Nigerian Youths  

BY Othniel Canice, Abuja

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The Nigerian Government has been called upon to invest more in youth development in order to promote peace and make the country safer.

This call was made by the founder of a Non-Governmental organisation, NGO Caring For The Vulnerable Children in Africa, CVC Patience Afebu, during a National dialogue on Peace, Security And Youth Empowerment held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

According to her, “when you invest in the youth, it’s a double advantage because they will be useful in all areas of life. To curb crime in the society, we need to do more of human capital development especially as it involves the youth and children. Let’s look at other advanced nations and follow their template and in the next few years we’ll see the results.”

The keynote speaker at the event, Air Commodore Balogun Adeyemi encouraged the youth to have a global vision and go beyond their national and cultural differences as they go about their daily activities.

According to him, “Peace is the greatest weapon for development any person can have. As young leaders of tomorrow, you have the passion and commitment to make a difference. I want to urge you to have a global view and go beyond your national and cultural enclaves.”

The dialogue which had the theme ’’Peace and Unity: A Panacea for Better Nigeria” culminated with the presentation of the National Award of Peace and Security to various individuals and organisations.

 

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