A coalition of nongovernmental organisations in Zamfara state yesterday said they have converged to serve as one under the name given as Zamfarawa Joint Progressive Organisations (ZJPO) in efforts to prevent the anticipated use of thugs by politicians to cause electoral crisis during the forthcoming elections in the state.
Speaking with newsmen in Gusau shortly after a meeting, the Secretary to the organisation, Malam Muhammad Kabir, said the aims of the organisation among other issues were to ensure perfect unity and enlightenment on youth against thuggery during all political activities in the state.
The Secretary stated that, “Our aim is to inculcate in our youth the danger surrounding use of weapons to facilitate the achievements of some unpatriotic politicians who, after the elections, would not mind their fate but virtually promote themselves and relatives”.
Kabir, who said the organisation would embark on association with donor agencies to acquire further provisions for job opportunities for the teeming youth in the state, saying it is the only way to achieve a crime-free state.
The Secretary further maintained that the organisation has embarked upon freeing inmates who have been incarcerated over debts through settlements of their burden to reunite with their families for normal life.
He said it was also the agreement reached by the organisation to embark upon constructions and clearing culverts in a fight against malaria and other related diseases as well as facilitating medical assistance to the poor.