The Role Of Youths In Nation Building: An Open Letter To Kano Governor-elect Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
Let me first start by congratulating you on your victory at the April 11th governorship election in kano, this is not a victory to you alone but a victory to the entire people of kano state.
Your Excellency, this is the second letter iam writing to you, the first letter I wrote was on 10th January, 2015 which in the title of My letter I advised you to avoid a Shinkafi Treatment. I saw trustworthiness in you and from your words since after you were declared winner of the April 11th governorship election in kano. A lot of people especially those in the circle of youth activism have been complaining about your age, anytime I remember and realised the competency that is in you, I felt hopeful and positive that a better kano has come to stay. It is this competency that will motivate you in continuing with the good works the supreme and Grand Commander of the Kwankwasiyya Movement in Nigeria started or initiated. In My last open letter to you, I predicted your victory, this is because of the platform you contested under, I mean your political party inwhich my prediction became a reality.
Your Excellency Sir, off recent I have advised you on five major areas which I believe if you take and apply them into consideration will help in making kano greater and even compete with other great cities of the world, they were Education, Health Enhancement, and collection of revenue, indolenceness and completion/continuation of capital projects as initiated and executed by your principal. Let me refer you to such an articulated open letter I wrote some four months back. http://abusidiqu.com/avoid-shinkafi-treatment-open-letter-dr-abdullahi-umar-ganduje-adnan-mukhtar-adam/
Sir, as we approach the inaugration of a new government in kano, I will consquently focus on one major phenomena which is that of the youths as a youth and student activist, I know our plights and I want you to address them for the interest and integrity of our Dear State. The youths have played a vital role in mobilizing and organising support for their choosen platforms as well as promoting such platforms, the engagement of youths in your govenment will provide a better enabling environment for the youths than the outgoing dispensation.
The challenge of unemployment faced by the economy, the challenge of growing poverty as well as the engagement of our youths by politicians in political thuggery for instance are blunders that fall heavily on the shoulder of the youth. That is why I am urging you Sir to put more effort in the completion of the hydro electric power project at Tiga Dam as that will help in giving power to our industries at Sharada and Bompai industrial area, this will help in the elimination of abject poverty and eradication of unemployment of our youths. More than 60% of our votes in kano is that of the youths, their engagement in electoral process is more than your expectation, in most cases the youths help in bringing a government into power but are unfortunately neglected. As a youth and student activist I know the plights our youths and their demands and how such plights can be tackled and the demands be taken into consideration.
Your Excellency, immediately after you are sworn in into office, I want you to look into the following demands of the youths, I am very much sure there will help in tackling the plights of our youths in kano, the youths as we all know constituted more than 60% of our population, there are playing a vital role in nation building, any society that neglect its youth will not develop and have make a big mistake of doing that, the youths are the backbone of development, take the youth close to you, I assure you that you will run a successful and hitch free tenure full of developmental things.
As a youth activist from kano I demand the following for our youths;
Problem of Youth Unemployment should as a matter of urgency be addressed, this led our youths to participate in many social and immoral vices in the society.
Demand for 30% youth representation in government
Creation of Ministry for Youth Development for the welfare and social development of the youths as stated in the African Youth Charter.
Such Ministry should be headed by a commissioner who is a youth aged 35 years and below respectively.
Education of the youths by ensuring free education scheme from primary up to university level as initiated by your master, Education of the youths is one of the important element that makes a society great.
Youth Empowerment through skills acquisition programmes and distribution of capital to our youths for the purpose of running a business, this will make them to be self reliant and will lead to the development our state
Youths exploitation as labourers in different industries we have in kano should be stopped, a situation where our youths and women go to work spending more than 12 hours working without pity by their employees, at last will be paid in lower amount, such a problem must be stopped from 12 hours to 6 hours thereby making it 3 shifting with a good salary. This should affect all the industries we are having in kano.
Employment of Our Youths as casual workers in such industries that are owned by foreigners should be stopped by your government.
Sir, if this will be taken into proper consideration, I assure you more than 95% of the youths plights in kano will be reduced and kano will be great. Thank You and God Bless
Rt Hon Adnan Mukhtar Adam (Comrade)
Deputy Speaker Students Consultative Council (SCC) Northwest University, Kano.
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