FCT youths to benefit from ‘American sponsored’ vocational training

Better days are ahead for youths in the Federal Capital Territory as an international sports and vocational training to be bankrolled by some consortium led by basketball legend and sports consultant Dozie Mbonu is partnering with the FCT Sports Council to give a befitting future for the youngsters.

Unveiling the initiative in Abuja, the former NBA star Dozie Mbonu said the sports skill and vocational programme which will kick start on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 in Abuja, is targeted at nurturing leadership skills, igniting entrepreneurial spirits and developing technical expertise in areas of technology, and innovation.

“Our aim is to empower young individuals to identify their passions and turn them into viable career paths, creating a ripple effect of positive impact on their communities and Nigeria at large.

“We recognise the future belongs to the youth, equipping the youth with life skills, mentorship knowledge necessary to excel. Our programme offer comprehensive training, workshops opportunites for the youth” he said at the short ceremony that was held at the Confrence Room of the FCT Sports Council.

The convener and chairman of the FCT Gymnastics Association, His Royal Majesty, Chief Eze Sir Ifeanyi Eke, said the training is for all sports and not just basketball and encourage all youth in the FCT to key into the programme to better their lot and have a secure future.

“ This is a big opportunity for our youth. We are doing all our possible best to take our youth off the street to shun negative vices and embrace sports and vocation to have a secure future”

“On own part, we will continue to give the platform for our youth to excel and life time opportunity which can catapult them to make it big in life”.

Responding, the Director of Sports Development, Mr Istifanus Lukas, applauded the initiatives and gave assurance that the FCTA administration is in full support of the programme.

He described the training initiative as a very good development that will help to unearth budding talents in FCT and beyond.

“I have always said that the government alone cannot develop sports, it’s just not possible. We’re open to strategic partnerships with local and international stakeholders that are important for the development of sports. We will ensure that whatever is discussed here will be implemented and put into fruition,” Lukas assured.

Apart from basketball, other sports will benefit from the training.