By Michael Peter, The Sight News
An Abuja based youth development network, Africana League, has embarked on a civic engagement campaign, sensitizing schoolchildren of Gwarinpa Area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on citizenship duties and the civic responsibility system.
The Executive Director of the organisation, Glory Ukwenga, in her remarks during the event on Wednesday, said: “We have observed that Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Nigeria don’t really look into taking citizenship education campaigns to grassroots.
“As a body, we have decided to differ by educating and carrying young people along on the issue of citizenship responsibility and engagement, so as to nurture them and build that consciousness to make societal impacts from a very tender age.”
Represented by the organization’s Executive and Research Assistant, Emmanuel Muruako, she charged students of the Fama Islamic International School, one of the visited schools in Abuja, to be law-abiding citizens and have their conscience awakened to basic and small steps they can take to make Africa great.
Glory, who urged the students to identify and influence the implementation of key projects in their communities, also challenged them to aspire to make an impact towards nation building as opposed to the norm of throwing blame games at the government.
She asserted that they were not too young to act, sighting the case of Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai, who began activism for female education as a 17-year-old.
In his response, Imran Suleiman, a student of the college, identified a lack of traffic lights in his Katampe residence as a community need and pledged to influence the installation of the lights to curtail the surging rates of accidents in the Abuja district.
Responding on behalf of the school management, Ms. Aisha, thanked Africana League for the wonderful initiative to bring citizenship education campaign to grassroots by educating young minds between ages 10 to 17.
“These younger ones you see here today are the ones that will grow into adults tomorrow, so if they are sensitized at an early age, they will grow up as good future leaders and beneficial citizens to our country and continent at large,” she said.
Africana League, a youth-driven network which commenced operations in 2017, has been promoting civic participation and national development in African states through its numerous citizen-focused campaigns like #SITizenToACTizen.
The development body has established offices in Nigeria and Republic of Benin with wide membership network reach also in The Gambia, Ghana, Senegal, Togo, Niger, and Cameroon with an aim to drive the actualization of the AU Agenda 2063 and UN SDGs 2030 across Africa