The Nigeria Academy of Science on Wednesday tasked members of Nasarawa State House of Assembly to initiate more youths friendly programmes in their various constituencies.
Prof. Ekanem Braide, Vice President of the academy who made the call during a retreat in Lafia, said it would go a long way to fight youth restiveness and unemployment in the society.
The retreat was organised for the state legislators by the academy, in collaboration with the state government.
Braide said the aim of the retreat was to discuss with the state legislators how to ensure youths development in the state and the country at large.
She explained that the organization was formed to promote development of science and technology in the country, adding that the academy was working with Ekiti and Nasarawa state governments to promote science and technology.
“The Academy will continue to promote science and technology for nation building as it will continue to maintain high standard of scientific endeavour and achievements in Nigeria through various activities and interventions to better the lives of the youth.
“Nasarawa State has benefited twice from the intervention initiated by the Academy during the Innovative Science Competition in which Eggon Community Secondary School and Akuza Secondary school in the state participated in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
“The Academy has also keyed into the issues of social economic development and reproductive health needs of the youth as it is critical to pay attention to the welfare of the youth.
“Different interventions needed to be put in place to address the problem of youths, especially unemployment, to improve on their standard of living for societal development,” she said.
Braide called on the legislators to enact laws and support the academy in the implementation of programmes targeted towards improving the standard of living of the youth.
“It is better and easy to prepare the youth than to repair them.”
Also, Mr. Umar Abubakar, the state Director of Youths and Sports, called on the legislators to support and collaborate with MDAs on youths friendly programmes to improve on their standard of living.
Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the house, while declaring the retreat open, assured the academy and people of the state of the assembly’s readiness to continue to enact laws that would have direct bearing on the lives of the youth.
Abdullahi, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker of the house, Mr.Godiya Akwashiki (APC-Nassarawa Eggon West), said the assembly was a youth-friendly house.
He said it would continue to support the state government in its determination on job creation and other infrastructure development aimed at fighting youth unemployment.
“Nasarawa State Government is doing its best to reduce youths restiveness and unemployment and this was achieved through the support of the house and we will continue to give bills that have direct bearing on the lives of the youths speedy passage in the interest of development.”
Newsmen report that the retreat was attended by the state lawmakers as they brainstormed on strategies to ensure youth development, considering their roles in societal development.