The Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has been named the Golden Doyen of Nigerian Youths by the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN.
The governor was named during the maiden celebration of the 2020 African National Youth Day organized by the NYCN in collaboration with the state government.
During the ceremony, according to a statement by Mr Tambuwal’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Muhammad Bello, the governor announced plans to commence a youth entrepreneurship programme in the state.
Mr Tambuwal noted that the program would be run for a pilot period of three months, after which it would be run concurrently up to the end of his administration.
He pointed out that the programme was aimed at empowering the teeming youth in the state, some of who are already members of the state executive council and the public service.
Mr Tambuwal said already lots of youths’ empowerment programmes were currently being undertaken by the state Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to boost economic programmes.
This, he said, was by seeking out youth with exceptional skills that would be given special attention and motivation.
He further explained that the state government was in the process of establishing a department of Women and Youth Empowerment on technological incubation under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
Similarly, Mr Tambuwal said more youths would also be trained on governance and executive practices.
This, he said, was to make them better prepared for leadership and responsibility.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and African leaders for recognizing the day for the youths in Africa and Nigeria.
According to him, the day was unique and special, being the first recorded African youth day to be commemorated at a critical period of Nigeria and continental history when the youths were demanding for good governance.
He reiterated the government’s commitments to the welfare and well-being of youth who he described as the vanguards of change and future leaders.
On sports development in the state, the governor said his administration is currently constructing a world class Sports Arena, and Indoor Sports Hall which would accommodate all types of sporting activities that will adequately strengthen young men and women to compete on the global stage.
Commending the youth in the state for restraining themselves during the #EndSARS protests, the governor said the protest was a wakeup call to all Nigerians which lesson should not be forgotten.