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From left to right: Basirat Adesina, Acting Director, Organizational Effectiveness, ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), Suwaiba Muhammad Dankobo, Director of Programs (AAN), Ene Obi, Country Director ActionAid Nigeria. Collins Chinyere, Director of Finance and Andrew Mamedu, Director of Resource Mobilization and Innovation, AAN at the State of Higher Education in Nigeria Press Conference – Spotlight on ASUU Strike Monday in Abuja.

Resilience Program Coordinator, Actionaid, Mr. Anicetus Atakpu described young people as indispensable pillars in the affairs of politics and governance, adding that agitation to eradicate violent extremism among them could only be realistic. when they were led.

Speaking to journalists at a one-day policy dialogue in Kano on Monday organized by Actionaid in conjunction with the dispute resolution and development initiative formerly known as Democratic Action Group (DAG) funded by the Global Community Engagement Resilience Fund (GCERF), Atakpu said adopting divide and conquer tactics to engender animosity in the minds of young people is not the best.

According to him, it was imperative for government at all levels to lay the groundwork for young people to have a sense of ownership in the affairs of politics and governance in order to keep them away from the violent extremism that has inflicted untold damage on societal values ​​in addition to becoming a monster posing a serious threat to everyone.

He said, “Our main objective in convening this policy dialogue is to enlighten young people to see their role as indispensable pillars in the affairs of politics, governance and leadership…. We are very concerned about their future as tomorrow’s leaders, they should not be kept at the bottom of the ladder for any reason.

“They have been used as agents of discord by those who often flout caution in the fulfillment of their selfish desire, they have not been used effectively for positive purposes. They have just been recognized with regard to the issue of violent extremism We develop coherent guidance notes for policy makers to implement.

“Our main objective is to eradicate all the factors that lead to extremism among young people. The role of state and non-state actors cannot be overstated and that is why we have convened this policy dialogue on youth development and the prevention of violent extremism.

Speaking along the same lines, the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution and Development Initiative, Dr. Mustapha Muhammad Yahaya, said the main purpose of convening the policy dialogue was to highlight the need careful examination of the motive for the establishment of the youth leadership in Kano State as it affects the development of their potential for a better outcome.


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