By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
The Chairman of Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau, Mr Simon Lalong, on has inaugurated a 30-member Special Committee on Youth and Civil Societies to develop programmes for youth development in the region.
The Chairman inaugurated the Committee at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna.
According to him, the committee was inaugurated on Wednesday in Kaduna, with the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, as Chairman.
The terms of reference of the committee include, working out ways of engaging and prioritising different programmes for youth development and identifying and developing different platform for youth inclusion in the governance architecture in Nigeria and the North in particular.
The committee which was given eight weeks to submit its report, was also mandated to make any other recommendation it deemed relevant.
It is also saddled with the responsibility of creating a robust interface with the civil soclety within the region, to facilitate engagement and dialogue on ways to address the challenges of the region.
Lalong explained that the Forum had during its November 2 meeting in Kaduna attended by traditional rulers in the region, agreed to set up the committee for regular engagements with the youth.
“You will agree with me that this committee is very significant not only because of recent issues related to the EndSARS protest and its subsequent hijack that led to looting, vandalisation and destruction of public and private property, but because of strategic role that youth play in the socio-economic and political development of the nation.
“We are aware that youth form the bulk of the population of the region and the nation, and as such, have a great role to play in the destiny of the country.
“Their voices must not only be heard, but their opinions and views should always be carried along.”
Lalong noted that youth in the region have numerous challenges, which include unemployment, illiteracy, crime, drug abuse among others.
Some of the members of the committee include, Sen. Ibrahim Hassan-Hadejia, Pauline Tallen, Farouk Tanko-Tunga, Ms. Kaosarah Abdulrazaq, Usman Alhaji, Bashir Ruwangodiya, Goni Bukar, Dr. Umar Garba-Pella, Dr. Asmau Musa-Adamu, Ms Sylvia Yemi Sarki Anebi Oche, Rev. Sunday Ibrahim and Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu among others.