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April 19, 2024
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CITAD, Rosa Foundation host knowledge production dialogue on youths, banditry in Northern Nigeria

The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, recently hosted a Knowledge Production Dialogue at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University.

The dialogue aimed at shedding light on the pressing issues of youth involvement in armed banditry in the region.

Aminu Yunusa, from Sociology Department of the Institution, presented a paper titled “An Appraisal of the Causes and Consequences of Youth Involvement in Armed Banditry in Kaduna State, North Western Nigeria (2012-2022)”.

Yunusa emphasized the harmful impact of the continuous youth engagement in armed banditry on the residents of Kaduna state. He attributed this involvement to factors like youth unemployment, greed, poverty, substance abuse, peer influence, and the existence of ungoverned spaces.

His recommendations included the establishment of community policing structures, collaboration between media, community leaders, and government to educate the youth about the dangers of banditry, and fostering law-abiding behavior.

Also in her presentation titled “Youth and Banditry in the Northwest Region: An Insight into the Learning Process”, Dr. Halima Sa’adiya Adamu from the Department of Political Science and International Relations, highlighted the widespread impact of banditry on economic and human development in the northwest region.

She noted that parents and government play pivotal roles in the involvement of young individuals in this menace.

Her recommendations included fostering better communication between parents and children, community-driven initiatives, youth participation in decision-making processes, improving educational quality, creating conducive entrepreneurial environments, and organizing capacity-building seminars.

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Mustapha Salisu

Mustapha Salisu is a graduate of BSc. Information and Media Studies from Bayero University Kano, with experience in Communication Skills as well as Public Relations.

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