Gov. Nasir el-Rufa’i of Kaduna State has begged the youth to use their energy on promoting nothing but peace to attain sustainable development.
The governor made the appeal in a message to the youth to celebrate the International Youth Day in Kaduna on Saturday.
“If the youth are not engaged in profitable ventures, they may become tools in the hands of negative forces; that is why our policy and resources are channelled towards youth development.
“As part effort to build youth to contribute to national development, the state recruits 2,250 teachers and 1,245 health workers, among others, who are youths.
“We recognise that government alone cannot engage all the youth; hence we have provided an environment that is conducive for private sector investors who are already proving their capacity for job creation.
“The state government has also been providing intervention funds for Small and Medium Enterprises in partnership with the Bank of Industry and the Bank of Agriculture.
“We are also providing layers of training for our youth to increase their capacity for job-creation and employability,’’ he said.