From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has counseled Nigerian students not to allow politicians to use them as thugs in the forthcoming elections.
The governor, who described youths involved in thuggery as citizens that had mortgaged their future and that of nation, said they must allow education and their institutions to impact on them positively.
Ahmed stated this while addressing members of National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) Joint Campus Committee who paid him a solidarity visit as part of their Kwara Unity week celebration recently. He disclosed that his administration is determined to employ many youths before end of this year.
“Youths have the right to ask for good governance based on inclusiveness. I charge you not to relent in your efforts of pursuing peace and seeking peaceful co-existence. I also urge you to pursue academic excellence with vigor and determination to excel in life,” he said.
The governor also charged Nigeria youths not to relent in the pursuit of peace, especially in the face of security challenges in some parts of the country stressing that only peace and unity anchored on equity and good governance could move the nation forward.
Ahmed assured the students that his administration would continue to deplore resources for the enhancement of the quality of education in the state while its youth employment programme will generate about 8,000 job opportunities this year for the youths.
The Chairman of the NANS Joint Campus committee in Kwara State, Comrade Ibrahim AbdulRasaq said the forum comprising 10 public and 5 private schools in the state organised the Unity Week to preach peace among students.