Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state commitments in transforming the youths of the state through training on various trades and vocational skills aimed at making them self-reliant, has been described as Lauderdale program capable of reducing the rate of insecurity in the state.
The Governor’s initiative in modernizing the state’s liaison office in Kaduna, has also been rated the best office and residential lodge and described as second to none in Nigeria .
The Governor, n a statement made available to journalists in kaduna by the Special Adviserr on Skills Acquisition, Hon. Amina Iliyasu stated that the method in fighting insecurity through youth skill acquisition training program and transformation is Lauderdale, wothyi of emulation.
She commended the Governor’s skill acquisition programme aimed at curtailing insecurity, which, according to her, was caused by idleness amongst youth in the stat, saying it was designed to achieve its desired goals.
“The gesture is to ensure that unemployed youths are empowered to fend for themselves and take care of their families, and to reduce incidents of armed banditry, Kidnapping, rape and other antisocial activities, which according to her were products of joblessness.
This crimes have been drastically reduce to the minimum level under the leadership of Governor Matawalle”, she said, adding that the programe, would uplift more Zamfara youths by giving them a better livelihood.
The statment added that “Also married men and women who were abandoned in the past after given money to get married with no means of livelihoods, have been empowered by Governor Matawalle”, adding that, unemployed youth could now fend for themselves and take care of their families.
Also speaking on the kind gestures of the First Lady of the state, the Adviser said, those who were abandoned, especially the rural women have been given twenty thousand naira (#20,000) each, from the office of wife of the Governor, as empowerment to kick start small businesses to enhance a better living.
“The Youth are not left out of this kind gesture as Zamfara Social Intervention Programme (ZASIP) empowerment scheme is also giving out ten thousand naira (#10,000) monthly to sustain themselves.
She said the Governor understood immediate and remote causes of insecurity, so set machineries in motion towards addressing the problems from the roots , adding that the Governor detested scratching problem from the surface and leaving it to manifest in future in a different or similar form.
She added that the Governor has made the return of over 25, 000 IDP’s caused by armed banditry to their homes which swelled up the number of unemployed youth across the 14 Local Government Areas of the state and necessitated the renovation of some Centers which gave room for world bank to have provided several equipments like Computers, tailoring machines, Knitting machines and many more in 8 centers to give room for full commencement of the Skill Acquisition program in the state.
“We were at the threshold of almost losing it all due to bad leadership of previous administrations who did little to address governance based challenges in the state. End.