Bauchi govt tasked on youth en­gage­ment

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Acoali­tion of youth or­gan­i­sa­tions in Bauchi state un­der the aegis of Bauchi Youth Fo­rum (BYF) has called on the state gov­ern­ment to en­gage youth in pro­duc­tive ven­tures to re­duce un­em­ploy­ment rate. Co­or­di­na­tor of the Fo­rum, Jeremiah Pan­shak Kassem said this at a youth train­ing and event held in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Nige­ria 55th year In­de­pen­dence in Bauchi, week­end.

The group said gov­ern­ment must show more com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the lot of the youth, be­gin­ning from the bud­get­ing process.

Kassem said the aim of the Fo­rum is to raise aware­ness on the role of youths in de­vel­op­ment and the need for them to be in­volved in na­tion build­ing.

He said: “This pro­gramme will pro­mote young peo­ple’s ef­fec­tive in­clu­sive civic en­gage­ment at all lev­els. It is an es­tab­lished fact. We want more ef­forts from gov­ern­ments at all lev­els and other stake­hold­ers to en­gage youths if not, the re­sul­tant ef­fect has been bad. It of­ten re­sulted in the death of many, just as a good num­ber have taken to cultism, in­sur­gency, and armed rob­bery.

A par­tic­i­pant, Maryam Garba said en­gage­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion of youth is es­sen­tial to achieve sus­tain­able hu­man de­vel­op­ment. “Sadly, op­por­tu­ni­ties for the youth to en­gage po­lit­i­cally, eco­nom­i­cally and so­cially are not avail­able,” she said.

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