by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
KADUNA STATE – Youths have been described as the “backbone of every country” when they are well utilized and remain the live-line of socioeconomic and constant agents of positive change.
A youth leader of ‘Federated Kurama Association’ – a socio-cultural group in Kaduna State – Mr. Bitrus Garba (Peter), disclosed this in a remark when he was elected unopposed and endorsed as Youth President of the Association’s Youth Wing in Yarkasuwa, Saminaka, on Saturday, amidst cheering supporters, who thronged the venue of the election for his support and a show of solidarity.
According to him, the world is dynamic with many high technology innovations in all facets of life that youth of Kurama in Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State must be part of, to help in changing the narrative that “Nigerian Youths are Lazy.”
He revealed so many tactics he intended to use to harness the best in the Kurama youth to add value to themselves that could cause good development not only in Kaduna State but Nigeria in its entirety.
Bitrus reiterated his development plans and vowed to galvanize and reawaken the Kurama youth to be agents of positive change.
The new youth leader told our correspondent that his vision and dream for Kurama youths is to see them becoming true leaders of today, not tomorrow.
To this end, he will map out strategies and ways to make them actively engaged in politics and play sensitive roles in all political parties, adding that, “One of the issues relegating the youth to the background was their constraints to be financially self-independent.
“I will make sure a Kurama youth is liberated from the shackles of poverty; and the only thing that we must do to achieve this is to make them get business concepts to create wealth by themselves.
“I and my colleagues must find ways to make them understand that, education is a key to development and to get a liberated mind.
“I want to tell you that, the problem we are facing today in this country of whatever type, or under whichever guise, are all youth-related; and it’s the absence of financial independence and education in most of the youths.
“Once we have a youth that is actively involved in business and has a requisite level of education, our society will be void of social ills,” Bitrus said.
While commending the past Kurama youth leader for his foresight to bring life to the Youth Wing of the Federated Kurama Association, he equally thanked those, who showed solidarity in coming, for using their resources and vehicles to ensure a free and credible election.
He vowed to give his best and be the best in terms of adding value to Kurama Youth that will translate to the collective good of Kaduna State.
The Election Committee, under the Chairmanship of Alhaji Munkaila Bawa, ratified the process as free-and-fair and described as one of the best.
Other ELCOM officials, namely, Mr. Hosea Wada (Secretary), Miss Hannatu Chindo (Treasurer), and Hon. Joshua Elisha Dogara (Member), Mr. Victor Ishaya Kaku (Member) have all confirmed that the election was conducted peacefully, free and fair.
The newly-elected officials under the leadership of Bitrus Garba include: Idris Ukissa (Vice President), Emma Mairabo (Vice 1), Jessy Ezekiel (Vice 2), and Joel Sale (Secretary).
Others are, Yusuf Idi Garu (Asst. Secretary), Christopher Ayuba (Treasurer), Zakious Barau (Financial Secretary), Danbala Ibrahim (Auditor), Hannatu Chindo (Organizing Secretary), Nafisa Usman (Organizing secretary 2).
Silas Yohanna (Director of Social), Joshua Ashema (PRO 1), Istifanus Luka (PRO 2), Ezekiel Haruna (PRO 3), and Ephraim Dangana (Legal Adviser) are all officials under Bitrus Garba-led administration, geared towards bringing about positive change in Kuramaland.
ELCOM Chairman, Alhaji Munkaila Bawa, told our correspondent that, a swearing-in ceremony will be conducted at a later date for the new officials to have a full mandate and capacity to operate.