From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
A group of patriotic citizens under the platform of Adolescent Education and Empowerment Initiative (AEEI) has called on government at all levels to invest more in youths for a better future of the country.
The call was contained in a statement signed by the coordinator of AEEI, Hajiya Nafisa Halliru, to mark the 63rd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence.
The statement also called on Nigerian youths to stay focused, energetic, and hard-working despite the challenges bedeviling the country.
It described youths as the backbone of any society and said they have a vital role to play in addressing the challenges facing Nigeria and saving the nation from collapse.
“But despite the fact that the future of any society relies on its teeming youth, on the other hand, government has the responsibility of supporting them with all necessary skills and acquisition for them to remain productive,” the statement said.
It therefore called on the government to support youths by establishing more skill acquisition centers that provide skills for daily demand, as not everyone can afford or is meant to be in the university.
Hajiya Nafisa added that Nigerian youths are willing to contribute their quota to nation building if given the opportunity to participate.
She then commended the present administration in Jigawa State for its effort to repair 15 abandoned skill acquisition centers as well as partnering with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) to train Jigawa youths to become independent and self-reliant citizens.