Written by Sarah NEGEDU
Minister tasks Arewa Youth Council on Sardauna’s legacies
Northern youth leaders in the country have been asked to emulate the legacies of the Late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Premier of defunct Northern Nigeria, if the region must meet up with the developmental strides of other parts of the country.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, who gave the advice when the leadership of the Arewa Youth Council paid her a courtesy call in her office, urged them to
promote and immortalise the legacies of the late Sardaunan Sokoto as such legacies would influence the performances of public officers in the country, especially in the north.
The minister who was represented by the Special Assistant on Youths and Women, Hon. Simisola Ayoade, affirmed that the level of insecurity in the northern Nigeria was a clear departure of the legacies of Sir Ahmadu Bello, who worked tirelessly to promote unity of northern Nigeria and the country at large.
"I am delighted that our youths especially from the north are beginning to come to the full realization that they are critical stakeholders in governance. I want to state unequivocally that the present level of insecurity, social vices and economic backwardness in some parts of the north is a clear departure from the legacies of Sarduana of Sokoto.
"Therefore, continue to promote and immortalise the legacies of Late Sir Ahmadu Bello, because such legacies will in no small measure influence the performances of public officers in the country, especially in the north," the minister stated.
While commending the leadership of AYC for the visit, Aliyu identified education as key to breaking the yoke of drug addiction and other social vices among youths in northern Nigeria, just as she called on other youths to build one united nation.
In his remarks, president of Arewa Youth Council, Comrade Dogo Shagari, observed that despite Sardauna’s legacies, northern region has continued to embrace poverty, stressing that the northern states are behind every other states of the federation.
According to him, "We need something that will unite the north regardless of political parties or ethnicity. For many years now, no conscious efforts to fight poverty has been made commensurate to the growing population of the region.
"We need to unite to fight poverty and to get qualitative population needed to fight poverty alongside investment in education".
The highpoint of the occasion was the conferment of "Icon of Peace/Nation Building" award on the FCT Minister of State.