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The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, on Monday appealed to Nigerian youths to rise in defence of the country to save it from total collapse.
The governor affirmed that it is high time Nigerian youths become politically active and be part of the decision-making process if this dream was ever going to be a reality.
The Zamfara State Governor made the appeal at the popular Arewa House, Kaduna, shortly after he received an award of the year titled ‘Icon of Youth and Student Development’, which was conferred on him by the leadership of Northern Youths and Students Forum.
Represented by the lawmaker representing Gusau/Tsafe Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Kabiru Amadu Mai Palace, Matawalle said his administration has engaged youths more than any administration ever in the state despite the security challenges facing the state.
According to the representative of the governor, ‘I am a youth like you and it’s high time we participate more in politics. We have no reason to hid. This country is about to collapse and the only way forward is for us the youths to rescue this country.
‘There is a need for our youth to involve themselves more in politics. If we look at the population of this country, the youths are the majority. So, it is high time for more youths to come out and participate in governance so they can move the country forward.
‘In Nigerian politics, once you call on youth to participate, the first question he will ask you is where will I get the money. But, they should put it in mind that they need to join a political party and be active from where they move to occupy offices.
‘Like always say, our challenge as youths sometimes is ourselves. Youths discouraging youths. If our youths can come together, with our number as voters, we can lead the country from the presidency down to the counsellorship.
‘If our youths are actively involved in politics, they will become party executive and as such, they will be able to determine the cost of sale of forms at very affordable rates.’
He continued: ‘As you are aware since his assumption on May 29, 2019, Zamfara State has made a tremendous investment in education and youth empowerment to safeguard and guarantee the future of our next generation of leaders of which you represent.
‘Notably, among numerous other modest achievements in the said areas include a budgetary allocation of 19% to the education sector, remodeling of our educational institutions, improve welfare and wellbeing for teachers, provision of adequate teaching aid.
‘Other areas of intervention is the award of foreign scholarship to hundreds of our students in Sudan, Cyprus, and India to study Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Architecture, etc.’
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK