CITAD to Design Campaign Strategy to Cope Land Grabbing

By Sarauniya Usman, Abuja

Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD),
commenced a 5day training on implication of land grabbing in respective communities in the FCT, for people in the participating communities.

The 5-Day training which is expected to be concluded on Friday, aims at designing campaign strategies to mitigate the menace of land grabbing.

CITAD, said the training became necessary due to frequent land grabbing that has become a major issue affecting the FCT natives.

Majority of the FCT natives are predominantly farmers, and the issue with land grabbing had lead to
some of them lost their lands and their means of livelihood.

Speaking at the virtual meeting,
Program Officer, CITAD, Salma Abdulwaheed, said the International Youth Day is a significant event that offers the opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young people’s voices, action and initiatives

She explained that youth engagement for global action seek to highlight the way at which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels.

Salma,urged the youths to fully engaged in the civic space and political activities.

She said, youth representation and engagement in formal institutional politics can be significantly enhanced.

According to her working with the poor and excluded Communities to erradicate poverty, ensure development and good governance, will not only increase the fairness of political processes but reducing democratic deficits, contribute to better and more sustainable policies, but also contribute to restore trust in public institutions, especially among youth.

Actionaid Nigeria Representative, Joseph Augustine said the theme was apt to sensitise and guide youths who are the potential future leaders to be prepared to take their rightful place in their respective societies in the nearest future.

He encouragement the youth to participate in the civic space and political arena, stressing, “their participation is very key.”

Program Officer for Economy and Empowerment Network for Community Advancement, Hassan Sarikin- Noma harped on the need for youths to tap the resources within their localities as he spoke on Youth Eploring Opportunities at the Grassroot.

He urged youths to take advantage of opportunities at their doorstep as well as explore other available opportunities.

Sponsorship Officer,Mubarak Ekute, emphasised on advocacy as key for communities advancement.

He therefore, charged the youths in the communities to see advocacy as the key to global change.

The International Youths Day is marked August every year around the world.

The theme for this year’s celebration, tagged: “Youth Engagement for Global Action”.

From Dakwa, Tunga Ashere, Pasepa in Bwari Area Council, Leleyi Gwari in Kwali Area Council and Gaube in Kuje Area Council of the FCT, youths were engaged via Zoom Platform.

It was quite a rewarding and educative moment as representatives of youths from these communities and resource persons discussed on various topics

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