The Nigeria National Association of the Deaf (Youth Section) has trained some Deaf youth in the FCT on civic engagement.
The one-day workshop held in Ekiti State House hotel on Wednesday with the theme; Promoting inclusion: Empowering the deaf youth for civic engagement had in attendance some selected members of the vibrant Deaf youths in Nigeria.
In his opening address, the National youth leader, Amb. Ebuka Okeke highlighted areas the event aims to address, according to him, civic engagement is pivotal to addressing some of the gaps created as a result of perennial negligence.
He emphasized on the need for such engagement to address gaps thereby giving the youths the opportunity to see beyond the bend and find clues in addressing such loopholes.
“The youths must not only wake up but also get up and take the bull by the horns, identify grey areas of concern and find avenues to get things right”, he said.
Speaking further, Okeke challenged the youths on the need to remain focused on the goal and ensure adequate understanding of the opportunity presence and taking the right approach in addressing them.
His words, “we must assist each others, we must engage, we must dialogue, we must build, and finally we must agree.”
Haruna Muhammed Tsafe, the National Vice President of NNAD emphasized more on the importance of civic engagement, leadership, and why it is necessary for awareness creation.
“we must understand that leadership is not only necessary but also pivotal in effecting changes necessary for growth and development.”
Haruna maintained that, leadership is all about influence and acceptance, he opined that the three most important part of leadership is the presence of the three Ps, which according to him are People focused, Positiveness, Professionalism.