Group advises Niger governor to appoint youths into core cabinet

By Priscilla Campbell,
Minna

A group of youths in Niger State has urged the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, to appoint young people into his core cabinet.
The official of ONE Champion in Niger State, Justina Asishana, in conjunction with Convener, Niger Accountability Group, Mathew Oladele, gave the advice in a statement to commemorate the International Youth Day (IYD).
The youths, according to them, have a lot of potentials if tapped could move the state forward to achieve its development agenda.
"This is a call to the Governor to critically and strategically consider young persons in his appointment to his core cabinet. It is in our anticipation that, a capable youth will be appointed to head a ministry, department or agency of government in Niger State.
"The state has a lot of credible youths to provide required support for the drive for socio-economic development agenda of the state. This potential should be tapped. The youths are no longer leaders of tomorrow, Our tomorrow starts today."

On the theme of the 2019 International Youth Day tagged. 'Transforming Education', the youths lamented the infrastructural decay in the education sector in the state whereby pupils in remote communities take lessons from classrooms that have no chairs, roof and windows, adding that in some scenarios, students still sit under the trees to learn.
"The poor infrastructural developments in our schools, and employment of unqualified teachers are as well some of the misery of the poor educational system in the state.
"There are still schools in Minna metropolis where pupils sit on the ground to attend lectures, others worse situation are in remote communities where classrooms have no chairs, roof and windows where classrooms are under the tree.

"All these are accrued to poor funding, low prioritization of educational sector development and mismanagement of fund. Moreover, Niger State government under the current administration has assessed and expended about N7.3 billion on the backlog of counterpart funding’s intervention of 2013-2014 and 2015-2016 from Universal Basic Education (UBE). "

They lamented that Niger state has the largest number of out-of-school children in the north central with over 478,412 out of school children across the 25 local government areas of the state.
"In a gloomy reflection on Niger State, this is to note that youth education in this state has suffered a major setback. According to available data published by UNICEF in 2018, one in every five out-of-school children is in Niger State.

"Report also has it that Niger has the highest number of out-of-school children in the North Central with total of 478,412 across the 25 LGAs."

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