By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has called for a more proactive collaborative synergy between parents, traditional and religious institutions in the country to curb restiveness amongst youths.
The Governor noted that all law enforcement agencies and corrective institutions were secondary if the trio above would play their integrated roles very well in checking idleness and delinquent behaviour amongst young persons.
Sani Bello spoke in his office when he received participants of National Defence College, (NDC) Course 27 who were on a Geo-Strategic Study Tour to Niger state.
Apparently worried by the increasing rates of youth restiveness in the state and the country, governor Sani Bello stated that for the country to be free from such societal menace, parents, religious as well as traditional leaders in the states of the federation must rise to the challenge and be on the watch to guard against attitudes and behaviour amongst youths which could lead to uncomfortable future.
He said parents, religious and traditional institutions must put eye on young and up coming persons so as to monitor and correct any behaviour which has the tendencies for unhealthy social behaviours and practices among youths.
He acknowledged that youth restiveness was a growing challenge to society even as he lamented that the rate at which young people were engaging in violent crime, cyber fraud and other organized forms of criminalities.
Governor Sani Bello placed most of the blame on the doorsteps of most patents over what he described as laxity and negligence over their children’s upbringing.
He said drug abuse had continued to contribute immensely to the malady amongst youths and noted that it was necessary for all stakeholders to focus on eradicating the menace of drug abuse to stem the tide.
He told the visiting senior military officers that the adoption of the anti-thuggery law in the state was part of the measures to check the involvement of young persons in criminalities.
He charged participants of the course to come out with useful suggestions on how best to redress restiveness amongst youths in the country.
Earlier, the leader of the team to Niger state, Commodore Solomon Agada had told governor Sani Bello that they were in the state as part of study tour to collate relevant data on youth restiveness which would form part of the research on the subject matter.
The theme for the tour is “Youth Development and National Security”. The leader of the team said Niger state was chosen to understudy it’s success story on how it has managed its relative peace compared to other states in the country.