Kaduna State Government has made it a duty to involve youths in governance because Governor Nasir El-Rufai believes that they are neither too young to run for, or hold public office.
The Acting Governor of Kaduna state, Dr Hadiza Balarabe stated this at the 3rd annual Youths Collaboration Summit held in Kaduna with the theme “Family-Life, Entrepreneurship, and Governance (FEG).
Dr Balarabe explained that the administration’s belief in giving young people a chance is the reason ‘’why we appointed many youths into public offices, in addition to instituting the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship to train youths to hold leadership positions with the focus for public service.’’
According to her, these youths in leadership positions “are all making a difference,’’ adding that they have shown themselves as worthy representatives of the youths.
The Acting Governor warned that if governments fail to manage unemployment among the youths, it will be a source of concern because “this is the segment of the population that is most easily misled into crime and other social vices”.
Dr Balarabe pointed out that young persons are the commonwealth of the world because they exhibit great potentials and are not afraid to experiment with ideas, adding that they also play central roles to the successes of families.
The Acting Governor also called for a review of curriculum of the nation’s universities, to design courses that make Nigerian graduates employable.
Dr Balarabe decried a situation where many youths are unemployed, adding that the National Bureau for Statistics report for the year 2020 stated that youths within the bracket of year 15-24 had the highest unemployment rate of 40.8%.
The Deputy Governor further said that the NBS report of the year under review stated that youths within the age bracket of 25-34 years account for 30.7 % unemployment, totaling almost 70% youth unemployment.
Also speaking at the event, the State Focal Person on Social Investment Programme and the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Amina Saude Atoyebi said family is the foundation of society.
‘’The family plays a crucial role in personality formation and socialization of every individual and importantly, it influences social and cultural development of human resources,’’ she added.
Atoyebi added that it is “through deliberate and conscious parenting, we can raise productive and innovative young members of the society with enterprising spirits who will eventually become job creators and contribute to economic development.’’