by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
A ‘Joint Action Committee of Northern Youth Association’ (JACOM) has urged Northern Governors to create a “developmental synergy” among themselves on agriculture, energy and industrialization by adopting a common development plan for the region.
“Our political leaders of Northern extraction need to
engage in mentoring
programmes, which they hardly do, and the business leaders are also encouraged to do more in terms of mentoring and youth skills empowerment programmes for the development of the region.”
This was contained in a communiqué at the end of a conference organized by JACOM, with the theme, ‘Proffering Solution to Security Challenge,’ held in Kaduna recently, jointly signed by Muhammed Abubakar, the convener, and Kumaga Terkula, who chaired the drafting committee, and issued to newsmen.
JACOM also urged northerners to come together, in order to boost and cement unity as well as identify lasting solutions to most of the challenges affecting the region.
The committee further explained that there is need for government to increase security personnel through recruitment to be consistent with sustainable sources of funding and equipment, especially the Nigeria Police.
In the communiqué the youths called on President Muhammadu Buhari to respect the resolutions of the National Assembly and the opinion of other critical stakeholders on the security situation and do the needful by sacking the service chiefs.
“Inject new ideas to arrest the worsening security situation and uphold the reflection of national diversity in the appointment of new Service Chiefs,” they urged.
They, however, stressed the need to restructure Nigeria, in order to pave way for Community Policing and reducing the items on the exclusive legislative list by giving more powers to the States to ensure sustainable peace and effective governance.
They also urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to lift the ban on owning firearms, review the requirements and allow responsible Nigerians and communities the right to apply for firearms to protect themselves.
JACOM further condemned the kidnapping of students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, in Katsina State, and also urges the State and Federal Government to rescue the students in no time and avoid a repeat of the Chibok Girls, who became pounds on the chess of political games.
The meeting, which drew selected Arewa Youth Leaders from
states, including FCT, came together and discussed the worsening security
situation in Northern Nigeria, among other concerns.