By Jessica Dogo
The Nigerian Youth Compact on COVID-19 (NYCC), says it will provide a minimum data of 10 million youth across the 774 local government areas in the country.
The National Chairman of NYCC, Comrade Gambo Haruna, made this known on a live streaming programme, which was monitored on zoom and Facebook by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on saturday.
The NYCC organised programme was tagged: “One Stop Youth Talk”.
Haruna assured that NYCC would achieve the data through five key areas, which were: Data gathering, Advocacy, Capacity building, Access and Resource in accordance with the United Nations Global Compact on Humanitarian Action and COVID-19.
He emphasised the importance of data in planning and the fight against Coronavirus, more importantly the Post-COVID.
He added that it was more threatening to the youth, without proper planning, to cushion the aftermath of the pandemic.
“It will be a worthless effort if meaningful and accurate data of the youth in the country are not properly documented.
“They will be the most hit during the post-COVID for constituting more than 60 per cent of the population and also being the drivers of the economy of Nigeria.
“The youth compact can boast of accurate data of the youth in almost all the local government areas in the country, barely a week after it was unveiled,” he said.
The Chairman expressed satisfaction with the massive inflow of the youth into the NYCC website to upload their data.
He also commended the association’s partners like the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Common Wealth Association of Youth Workers (CAYWA) Commonwealth Association of African Youth (CAAY), YES Project, Action Aid, Minister of State for Education, FCT Minister of State and several others for their efforts in the project.
Haruna urged the youth to register as members of the project, reminding them that the world was being reset and might not fully recover from the pandemic.
Mrs Millicent Osakwa, the moderator of the One Stop Youth Talk as well the head of publicity, said the youth compact welcomed membership from youth within the ages of 18 years and 40 years.
Osakwa said that the organisation was partnering Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations and Faith Based Organisations in actualising the project.
She noted that the programme would be a weekly exercise that would engage Nigerian youth across the globe.