By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Properly outlined realist programmes for youths’ development, taking into cognisance pragmatic moderlities on how best to engage the country’s budding youth population in line with effective global trends could go a long way to redress the thorny problem of restiveness, disconnect and feelings of alienation by youths in the country.
Former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida made the above submission in his house in Minna.
He noted that over the years, successive regimes in the country had superficially tinkered with the idea of redressing problems of youths’ idleness and unemployment and their involvement in criminalities without much ado.
The former military President spoke to a team of participants of the National Defence College, Abuja who paid him a working/study tour at his Hilltop residence.
Babangida told his visitors that a proper planing, through well thought out programmes and policies for youths’ development was crucially necessary for Nigeria’s development as the country forges ahead in its match to catch up with other developed nations of the world.
The former military President who spoke along the theme of the study tour by the senior military officers, acknowledged that the theme, “Youth Management and National Security; The Niger State Experience” was imperative.
He stressed that good planning was the best way to manage youth unemployment, idleness and restiveness so as to enhance their productivity for a holistic national growth.
He added that good planning was a precursor for good governance and national development as well as it guarantees well knotted security for the country.
General Babangida’s regime had in 1992 established the National Defence College as an apex military training institution for senior officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces and as a centre of excellence for training on peace support operations at strategic level.
He told the visiting senior military officers that the essence and concept of the National Defence College, (NDC), was to provide the avenue for high class training to senior members of the Armed Forces and other security agencies and avail them with the best technical and tactical training for manpower development in peace and security issues.
Earlier, leader of the team, Commodore Salomon Agada had explained that the visit to the former military President was to have first hand information on the selected theme and draw lessons from the experience from the state in related areas of the theme of the tour.
Commodore Agada said lessons drawn from the study tour by the participants would guide them in producing solutions to national development challenges and related issues.