From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Governor Sule of Nasarawa State has called for collaboration between government and Civil Society Organisations ( CSOs) with meaningful programmes that will better the lives of youths of the state.
Governor Sule made the call on Monday at the 1st Youth Summit organised by Nasarawa Youth Initiative for Peace and Good Leadership (NYIPGL) with the theme, “We Cannot Always Build the Future for our Youths, but We Can Build our Youths for the Future”,held in Lafia.
The governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Youth and Sports, Mr Yakubu Kwanta urged the youths to always hold in esteem, unity and growth of the nation above every other interest in their agitations for a level playing ground, saying that the youths were the leaders of tomorrow and as such must be included in governace.
He challenged the youths in the state to always engage in activities that would build confidence of the society in them and not to engage in activities that will destroy their future.
He, commended Nasarawa Youth Initiative for Peace and Good Leadership (NYIPGL) , organisers of the summit for coming up with such a programme which according to him, would create a platform for youths in the state to chart the way forward for a better nation.
“I therefore call for partnership and collaboration between government and Civil Society groups with meaningful programmes that will better the lives of youths of the state,” Governor Sule said.
The governor therefore, admonished the youths to be self-reliant and acquire entrepreneurship skills in order to contribute meaningfully towards economic development of the state.
Also speaking, chairman of the occasion, Hassan Liman (SAN), charged youths in the state to be conscious of quest for a better society as empowering themselves was the best for a guaranteed future.
He, advised the youths not to allow themselves to be used as tool for political thuggery and all forms of criminality, saying the #EndSARS protest recently held across the country was hijacked by enemies of the youths.
In his remarks, President of NYIPGL, Faruk Mohammed Ofoku, said, the group was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission with a shared vision for promoting peace, unity and development.
He added that the group was also building the capacity of youths for good leadership roles.