Kwara Evolves New Youth Policy

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GOV. Abdulfatah Ahmed of  Kwara on Friday said  his government  had completed work on a  new policy to address the challenges facing  youths in the state.

Ahmed,  represented by the Head of Service, Hajia Zahra Umar,  said this in Ilorin  at a forum to mark this year’s International Youth Day which had as theme:  ” Youth Building Peace.”

The governor gave an assurance that  his government was  committed to implementing  policies and programmes that would have positive impact on youth development.

He said youths as  critical stakeholders  in driving the growth of  the state  must remain committed to the attainment of peaceful co-existence.

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The Chairman of the occasion and Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr  Ali Ahmad, urged youths to be active in politics while participating in the  decision making process.

Ahmed, who was represented  by a lawmaker, Mallam Ahmad Ibn Muhammad,  also urged the youths to participate actively in the forthcoming local government election in the state.

The former Dean of  the  Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ilorin, Prof. Hassan Saliu, stressed the need for more  advocacy  among youths to promote peace.

He said states must also preach the concept of one country  to achieve  peace and development in the country.

Saliu, who  cautioned youths against  hate speeches, urged them to lead advocacy  for  rapid development.

In another lecture, the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Bolaji Abdullah, said  lack of parental care and weak laws were responsible for the rampant consumption of illicit  drugs among  youths.

Abdullahi,  represented by Mr  Bisi Ogunwale,  said 80 percent of inmates in  Nigerian prisons were young persons.

He also warned the youths against fanning the embers of war and disunity on the social media.

In his address of welcome, the State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Mr Kale Ayo, identified unemployment, poverty as well as  the HIV/AIDs pandemic  as challenges confronting Nigerian youths.

Ayo said government resolved to celebrate youths, especially those in tertiary institutions,  as critical actors in conflict resolution by making them peace ambassadors.

NAN

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