Future Project Leadership, FPL boot camp has begins the empowerment first phase scheme of the 2017 youth leadership and civic engagement project in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states in Nigeria.

The first phase development programme will last for five-day according to a statement on Tuesday, the development programme is designed to promote active inclusion of youth in leadership position at both local level, state level and federal level of Nigeria.

According to the organisers of the first phase programme said, the programme is supported by the Ford Foundation, became necessary to empower and engage young people and enables them to play a leading role in agitating for greater transparency and accountability within their respective local governments.

Mr. Dare Akinkunade, an entrepreneur and beneficiary of the training programme, speaking on the impact of the programme said, “Today is a productive day for me and I am glad to have learnt things about the ways in which the youth can get involved in formulation of policies in government and other spheres.”

The statement further disclosed that at least 120 youths with exceptional leadership profiles and ability to impact their communities were selected across the three states Lagos, Ogun and Oyo.

FPL, Future Project Leadership, added that the youth empowerment programme, was an motivation platform for experienced leaders to share insights from their various backgrounds, was facilitated by the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; Vice-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education, Prof. Segun Awonusi; and Data Analyst, BudgIT, Mr. Clement Olusegun, among others.

That the first phase will be an interactive, engaging and motivational, which had equipped the youth with a broader knowledge and expose them on how youths could get involved in leadership, policy formulation and impact their host communities.