Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State commitments to turn state youth through training on different trades and vocational skills to make them self-reliant, has been identified as Praiseworthy program capable of reducing the rate of state insecurity.
Additionally, the move of the governor to modernize the contact office of the state in Kaduna has been rated as the best office and private hotel in Nigeria and described as top notch.
In a statement made available by the Special Advisor on Skills Development to journalists in kaduna, Hon. Amina Iliyasu said the method of combating insecurity through the training and development of youth skills acquisition program is commendable and worthy of emulation.
She commended the Governor’s skill-acquisition program aimed at curbing insecurity, which she believed was exacerbated by idleness among the state’s youth, saying it was structured to achieve its desired objectives.
“The initiative is to ensure that unemployed youth are encouraged to fend for themselves and care for their families, and to minimize instances of armed banditry, abduction, robbery, and other antisocial behaviors, which she considers to have been the result of unemployment.
Under Governor Matawalle ‘s leadership, these crimes have been significantly reduced to the minimum level, “she said, adding that the program will empower more Zamfara youth by giving them a better livelihood.
The statute added that “Also married men and women who had been abandoned in the past after having given money to get married without any means of living, were empowered by Governor Matawalle,” adding that unemployed youth could now provide for themselves and care for their families.
Speaking also of the good gestures of the State’s First Lady, the Advisor said that those who were abandoned, particularly rural women, were given twenty thousand naira (# 20,000) each, from the governor’s wife’s office, as encouragement to kick-start small businesses to improve their living.
“The youth are not left out of this kind of initiative because the empowerment scheme of the Zamfara Social Intervention Program (ZASIP) often gives away ten thousand naira (# 10,000) monthly to support themselves.
She said the governor understood immediate and remote causes of insecurity, so setting machinery in motion to address the roots issues, adding that the governor detested the surface scratching problem and left it to manifest in a different or similar way in the future.
She added that the Governor had returned more than 25,000 IDPs caused by armed banditry to their homes, which increased the number of unemployed youth across the state’s 14 local government areas and required the renovation of some centers that gave the world bank room to supply multiple equipment such as computers, Tailoring equipment, knitting equipment and several more in eight centers to provide accommodation for the full launch of the state competence training program.
“We were at the verge of nearly losing everything due to poor leadership from previous governments who did nothing in the state to resolve governance-based problems.