Arewa Youth demand empowerment package

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Apr 1st, 2014
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To check insurgency in the north of the country, members of the Arewa Youth Forum  (AYF) have called on the Federal Government to create a Northern Youth Empowerment Program similar to the one created for Niger Delta militants.

Members of the group led by its National President Gambo Gujungu made this call when they met with the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Abuja.

The AYF President said the empowerment programme for Northern youths should be patterned according to the one given to militants in the Niger Delta region and urged the federal government to work hard to ensure better result of other empowerment programs.

Gambo Gujungu advised the federal government to tackle the problems of “insecurity, total marginalization, underdevelopment and decay in infrastructure within the region.”

According to him, the AYF visited the finance minister to discuss issues of national interests that relates to development, peace and unity that have divided the country.

In his words, “the forum recently presented a position paper on developmental issues affecting Northern Nigeria to the presidency. Issues highlighted centered on insecurity, total marginalization, underdevelopment, federal government infrastructure decay, youth empowerment issues.”

He then noted that the group’s call to the federal government was “to provide the youth of Northern Nigeria with empowerment packages as their counterparts, the Niger Delta militants, with the view to addressing the issue of insecurity and insurgency.”

Responding, the minister of finance said the federal government was working hard to address the twin issue of insecurity and unemployment.

She said an inter-ministerial committee had been set up to look at special intervention programs to address the problems of the region.

These programmes she said would focus on how to create jobs through agriculture and education.

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