Special Adviser To Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State On Skills Acquisition , Hon. Amina Iliyasu has lauded the Governor’s zeal and commitments in transforming youth of the state through training on various trades and vocations aimed towards making them self-reliant , saying the program will achieve its desired goals if it commence.
According to her, since commencement of the programe, Zamfara youth, including married men and women who were abandoned in the past after given money to get married with no livelihoods, had been empowered by Governor Matawalle, adding that, unemployed youth could now fend for themselves and take care of their families as there is a program designed to take care of them.
Speaking on the kind gestures of the First Lady of the state, she said,
from the office of Her Excellency, as the program is about to commence,
for those who are abandoned especially the rural women under her office will be given twenty thousand naira (#20,000) each as empowerment to sustain them and their families. Also the Youth are not left out of the kind gesture as ZASIP program empowerment scheme is also giving out Ten thousand naira (#10,000) monthly to sustain themselves.
Still on the governor’s achievement’s, she revealed that armed banditry , kidnappings , rape and other antisocial activities , which according to her were products of joblessness , had been drastically reduced to the minimum level under the vibrant leadership of Governor Matawalle.
She said the Governor understood immediate and remote causes of insecurity , so he set machineries in motion towards addressing the problems from the roots , adding that the Governor detested scratching problem from the surface and leaving it to manifest in future in a different or similar form.
She added that the Governor has made the return of over 25 , 000 internally displaced persons to their homes , revealing that , the return of these persons who were hitherto displaced from their homes due to armed banditry swelled the number of unemployed youth across the 14 Local Government Areas of the state , necessitating the
renovation of some Centers which gave room for world bank to have provided several equipments like Computers, tailoring machines, Knitting machines and many more in 8 centers to give room for the full commencement of the Skill Acquisition program in the state.
Adding that , had the returnees been left idle , the Governor’s efforts in solving challenges of insecurity that had bedevilled the states would have been counterproductive.
“Governor Bello Matawalle is a leader with vision and mission of rescuing Zamfara and positioning the state to take back her place of pride in farming , commerce , trades, mining and other human sustaining endeavors.
“We were at the threshold of almost losing it all due to bad leadership of previous administrations who did little to address governance based challenges in the state.
” Coming of Governor Matawalle the time he did was apt and God’s divine Providence to bring out people of Zamfara from Shackles of bad governance and deteriorating social and economic lives in Zamfara State.
” The people are now smiling and have a cause to once again again enjoy dividence of democracy. All the governor wants from the people are their good prayers , supports and cooperation so that his efforts will be crowned with success. ” She said.
The ongoing upgrade and modernization of the Zamfara’s Liaison office in kaduna was also lauded by Hon. Iliyasu , stressing that the edifice , when completed would be number one liaison edifice and the most modern in the defunct capital of Northern Region.