In the aftermath of the #ENDSARS protest that rocked the country recently, the Northern Governors Forum has inaugurated a Committee on Youth and Civil Society that will enhance engagement towards tackling the challenges of the youth in the region.
The Chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau State, Rt. Honourable Simon Lalong, performed the inauguration in Kaduna State on Wednesday.
Governor Lalong said the setting up of the committee became necessary so as to involve the youths and members of the civil society in the programmes that aim to resolve youth unemployment, illiteracy, crime, poverty among others.
According to a press statement signed by the Director of Press & Public Affairs to the Governor, Makut Simon Macham, Lalong explained that the setting up of the Committee headed by the Emir of Zazzau Alh. Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli follows the decision reached at the last Consultative Meeting of the Forum held in Kaduna, which also had in attendance members of the Northern Traditional Council and key stakeholders.
“We are well aware that youths form a bulk of the population of the region and the nation, and as such have a great role to play in the destiny of the country. Their voices must not only be heard, but their opinions and views should always be carried along in governance. Here in the Northern Region, the challenges facing the youths are enormous and very well known to us. These include unemployment, illiteracy, crime, drug abuse among others. As leaders, we must not only address these challenges, but also engage the youths in a manner that they own the process to make any initiative successful and long-lasting,” Lalong stated.
Empahsizing on the magnitude of the assignment before the committee, the outcome of the assignment is key in determining the Forum’s intention of changing the fortunes of Northern youths from despondency to hope, and from few opportunities to vast windows for self-realization and wealth creation.
Responding, the Chairman of the Committee and Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, assured that the committee will face its assignment with vigour and passion and also consult widely to arrive at a conclusion that will assist in finding lasting solution to youths restiveness in the region.
The Emir commended the Northern Governors for conceiving the idea of the Committee which affirms the fact that sooner than later, the youths are going to be in the saddle of leadership.
According to the statement, the committee has 33 members that were drawn from the 19 northern states and it has two months to complete its assignment.