Yola—Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, Monday, said his administration had kept youths in the state busy, thereby making it difficult for the Boko Haram sect to recruit them.
The governor told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola that series of awareness campaign and empowerment programmes were introduced when he took over.
According to him, “when I took over as governor, many youths were idle and jobless.
They were roaming around, thereby making it easy for them to be lured by the sect members. But, with the emergence of empowerment programmes like the vocational training, farming skills and local apprenticeship schemes, many of the youths have become self-reliant.
“The programmes have helped the youths. For instance, there was this group of youths who always hanged around, hailing me whenever I passed. Today, they are no longer there. They have found something to do. They are okay at their various centres and I am okay.”
He said some security measures had already been taken in the state by his administration before the declaration of the state of emergency by the federal government.
The governor said the co-operation his administration enjoyed from the various stakeholders, particularly the security operatives and youth groups under the traditional institution, had helped to make Adamawa secure.
“Things have been peaceful. Before the state of emergency; the situation was under control, and we have also increased our management of the situation. Now, with the emergency, we have intensified our efforts,” Nyako added.
The governor thanked the people of Adamawa for their conduct and co-operation with security operatives since the declaration of state of emergency in the state.
He said it was a pride for the state government that the security operatives had not been provoked to the level of using their arms since they arrived in the state.