*restates party’s commitment to ending insecurity
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Dayo Israel, was in Batagarawa LGA of Katsina State on Monday, October 17, where he extended condoles to families affected by bandits attacks and donated food and other relief materials to them
Dayo Israel visited the grieving families alongside, Dr Rikko Radda, the APC Governorship aspirant in Katsina State, and other youth stakeholders.
He expressed sadness over the incident and offered assurances on the commitment of the state and federal government to secure the release of all abducted members of the communities and put a final stop to insecurity in the country.
He said, “the attack was disheartening and we grieve with you. Please know that you are not alone. The state and federal government know your plight and I have obtained assurances that efforts are presently ongoing to secure the release of your relatives and neighbors who were sadly abducted, as well as to find a final solution to the insecurity challenge.”
“Everyone here present has had to grapple with the emotional and physical pain of the absence of precious family members and bread winners. Nothing short of a return will end this pain and we, as a party, will see to it that it is done. But in the meantime, I am donating food and other relief materials to all of you to alleviate this great pain even as I continue engagements with all relevant agencies over the quick rescue of your loved ones,” Dayo said.
The donation in Katsina adds to his humanitarian efforts in the northern region of the country where he kicked off his nationwide youth mobilization and energizing tour. Earlier in Jigawa State, he met victims of the devastating flood sweeping parts of the country owing to climatic factors in Sugungun, Garki LG of Ringim Emirate.
Dayo met and donated cash to local farmers whose crops were swept away by the flood before assuring them that the Tinubu-administration, if supported to emerge, will implement plans to manage the effects of climate change manifesting across the country and protect harvests and the livelihoods of Nigerians.
Also in Katsina State, he visited Abukur Model Primary School in Rimi LGA where he inspected the implementation of the APC’s National Home Grown School Feeding Programme under which the Buhari-administration has been providing at least a meal a day to schoolchildren in the country to boost enrollment rates and strengthen their nutritional development.
Commenting after interacting and dining with the pupils to affirm the quality of the meals served, Dayo Israel praised the Governor Bello Masari-administration over the impressive number of enrolled children in the state, particularly girls, who according to him “have demonstrated great progress in learning and a sharp brilliance that all but assures that the future of Katsina state is secured.”
He encouraged the schoolchildren to continue their hard work and remain focused on their academic pursuits, noting that only with quality and sound education can they achieve their dreams of becoming leaders and professionals in various walks of life.
He also remarked on the impact of the school feeding programme, particularly the incentive it provides to parents in poor and rural communities to send their children to school.
“It is an undeniable reality that this programme has increased school enrollment rate across the country. I have also learned from the administrators of this school that the trend holds true here, as well. The assurance of a meal a day is strong incentive for poor households to send their children to school where they will receive instructions and master tools necessary for safe development and positive transformations in society. We are proud of the President Buhari and the APC’s achievement in this regard and I am sure that Nigerians will have this in mind as they troop to the polls to elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2023,” he said.
Dayo Israel also attended a town hall meeting with youth stakeholders and other APC support groups in Katsina State. In the company of the APC State Youth Leader, Hamza Mohammed, Dayo charged the youths to continue to “knock on doors, mobilize friends and families, and ensure a total victory of the APC and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the polls in 2023.”
He discouraged complacency and warned the youths not to take for granted the party’s victory in the state. He said “we must double our hard work and ensure that we do everything we must do to bring victory to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the national level and Dr. Rikko Radda at the state level, and in all other elective positions that our party is contesting in Katsina State. Let’s not take for granted our popularity and go to bed. We must see the ball over the goal line and remain vigilant until our party’s victory is confirmed next year.”
He repeated the same charge at a dinner with Hajiya Amina Dauda, the SA on girl-child education to Governor Bello Masari and a prolific women mobilizer in the state and the northern region.
Dayo commended her efforts to spread literacy and provide social support to residents of underserved communities and groups, particularly the girl-child, in the state.
He boasted that her “outstanding public service and avowed dedication to the cause of inclusive growth and development are factors that contribute to the party’s popularity in the state and will deliver the votes to the APC in 2023.”
In her response, Hajiya Amina Dauda assured the National Youth Leader that women in Katsina State have resolved to elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the country’s next president next year.