THE Emir of Anka and Chairman of Zamfara State Council of Chiefs, Attahiru Ahmad, has attributed the security challenges in the country to lack of deliberate policies on youth development.
Ahmad stated this at the unveiling of the “Hijrah Calendar” to mark the 1442 Islamic New Year, organised by the Joint Youths Islamic Organisations (JYIO), yesterday in Gusau.
He said the genesis of Boko Haram’s insurgency and other security challenges could be attributed to the lack of deliberate policy to ensure sustainable development for the youth.
“We appreciate the intervention by the government and as normalcy is gradually returning in the state, our farmers are returning to their homes.
“I have been on the throne for 26-years, and I have experienced several things. Part of the experiences is the realisation that there is no good provision for the future of our youths.”
Ahmad also called on government at all levels to prioritise youth and women empowerment, noting that women, as mothers, should be supported.
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“Our policymakers and other stakeholders should emphasize youths and women empowerment to address various forms of domestic violence in the society”.
While praising the organisation for the event, Ahmad urged religious bodies to embark on programmes for the future of youths and women.
Governor Bello Matawalle, represented by the Secretary to the Government (SSG), Bala Bello, praised the organisers.
He, therefore, directed MDAs and schools in the state to use the Islamic Calendar in their activities and programmes.