A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State, Dr Jamilu Mohammed Katsina, has called on Nigerian youths to rise up and proffer solutions to the various problems currently bedeviling the nation.
Jamilu made this call yesterday at a press briefing in Abuja. He explained that the country’s security challenges are a combination of leadership and security lapses.
“We have seen the challenges of killing everywhere. Is it a security problem or a leadership problem? Both the security agencies and the leadership each have their own challenges. The youths need to come up with solutions to these problems. “
In the area of security, Jamilu appealed to the government to review the salaries of security personnel and upgrade their allowances.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the federal government, as a matter of urgency, to look inside the welfare, health and living standards of our security personnel, in terms of their salary upgrading and allowances, as they are always faced with many temptations and challenges while on national duty.
“If you can have leaders dressing nicely, driving expensive cars, then they should also make sure that the policeman or soldier in the bush is well taken care of. These are the ones that risk their lives always to protect the lives and properties of the nation’s citizens and they have nothing to take home to their families. Their families are suffering, no money to feed or to send children to school, it’s very sad. Our leaders need to do something about this, urgently.”
Jamilu further stated that for the agricultural sector to make headway in Nigeria, the proper structures have to be put in place.
“You can’t send people to farms without good roads or adequate electricity provided for the people. When the farmers go to their farms to harvest, they are not able to transport the harvested crops to the market because the cost of transportation is too high and the roads are very bad, and not motorable. Also, there is no way to store the harvested crops properly because of lack of electricity. No fertilisers to apply to the soil because the available ones are too expensive.”
He concluded by saying, “Leaders need to think of what to do. Youths need to rise up and not wait for the elders who are just concerned about changing political positions- from governor, to senator and then to president.”
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