By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri
The Borno State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has solicited for the setup of a Commission to address restiveness and unemployment among youths.
According to the Council, the youths are both perpetrators and victims of insecurity in the country, despite their involvements in peace-building processes in communities.
The Borno State Chairman of NYCN, Comrade Tanimu Tahir, disclosed this, yesterday (Saturday), in Maiduguri to mark United Nations (UN) International Youths Day (IYD).
“We’re at a legislative state to take ownership of the commission’s proposals,” he said, stating that; there is a sustainable institutionalized mechanisms that can address restiveness and unemployment among the youths.
He noted that there is no clear-cut policy that empowers the youths in Borno state, unlike in Lagos and two other states in the country.
He said the demands of youths in the state, is for a Youths Development Commission (YODC).
According to him, the Commission will frontally address issues that are affecting over 1.5 million youths in the state.
On Commission’s mandate, he said: “It could make the Commission flexible to the State government, while relating with other development partners to strategically address young people’s problems.”
Besides relating with development partner, he said that the youths could harness the positive components of peace-building aspects to overcome security challenges and food insecurity.
“We’re discussing the prospects of youths being a critical voice in policy formulation and directions at the federal and state levels,” he said, stating that as youths’ voices could redirect the focus of policy makers.
He said that youths are the most important components of national development, as they are “catalysts and drivers” of human capital development.