The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Keffi Chapter has commended Alhaji Ahmed Wadada, Chairman, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Ltd. (PAN) for his contribution towards reducing youths idleness in Nasarawa West Senatorial District through empowerment.
Alhaji Muhammad Idris, the NYCN Chairman, Keffi Chapter, made the commendation when he led a delegation of youths from the Senatorial District to pay a Sallah homage to Wadada, on Sunday in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
Idris said Wadada, who was a former two-term member of the House of Representatives, had been very supportive of youths in the state irrespective of their social status and political affiliation.
The youth leader recalled that Wadada during his two-term at the National Assembly secured Federal and private employment to many graduates within and outside his constituency and empowered several women with skills and grants.
Idris also said Wadada even after his tenure at the house of representatives had continued to initiate various empowerment programmes to ensure that youths are engaged in meaningful ventures that would take them off the street.
He said that there was no doubt Wadada’s efforts at reducing youths’ idleness had greatly contributed to curtailing restiveness and improve the security of lives and properties in Nasarawa.
Similarly, Idris hailed the former lawmaker’s commitment to sports and tourism development in Nasarawa, adding that the Keffi Polo Range established by Wadada had boosted tourism in the state.
“We are living witnesses to the fact that during every quarterly Keffi Polo Range tournament people from all the 13 Local Governments and Development Areas turn out in large number to watch the tournament.
“This is a major booster to tourism development and sport in Nasarawa because it is the first polo range in the state, “Idris said.
Responding, the PAN boss, thanked the leadership and members of the NYCN Keffi Chapter as well as the entire youth of Nasarawa West Senatorial District for acknowledging his efforts on youth empowerment.
Wadada, who noted that addressing youth unemployment was a panacea to curtailing incidents of insecurity in every society, assured that he would continue to struggle to secure employment opportunity for the teeming youths in the state.
He enjoined the youth to be law-abiding and shun all forms of behaviour that could disrupt peaceful coexistence in the state as well as support the administration of Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa to succeed.
He disclosed that very soon he would establish a tourism village at the Keffi Polo Range to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the people of Keffi and provide employment opportunities for the youth.
Acccording to him, the tourism village will support the Federal Government’s drive to harnessing tourism potential in Nasarawa. (NAN)
By Salisu Sani-Idris