The National President, NYC, Mr Blessing Akinlosotu, made the call in a statement signed by Mr Emmanuel Daudu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media Related Matters, on Tuesday in Abuja.
Akinlosotu said youths were capable of making decisions on issues affecting their present and future, hence the need for their input in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national development.
“It is important to state that a nation with a hardworking and creative youth population like ours will develop speedily if it realises its potentials and harnesses the same for the good of its present and future generation.”
The statement quoted the NYC Governing Board Chairman, Yakubu Shendam, as saying that the youths were already making huge contributions to national development but there was need to engage them more in political atmosphere at the national level.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on several occasions tried to bring in incentives to promote youth participation but the challenge has always been with the managers of these programmes.
The statement also disclosed that the congress organised skills acquisition and empowerment programmes for the youth in ICT, beauty care products and conflict resolution initiatives. (NAN)