The leadership of Northern Youths and Students Forum has conferred the award of excellence titled “Icon of Youth and Student Development” on the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Muhammad Matawalle.
Secretary-General, Northern Youths and Students Forum, Aliyu Ahmad, said, the resolve of the student’s body was to encourage the governor to engage more youths in his development efforts.
According to him, the Forum took its time to assess the numbers of students who are currently studying in different universities within and outside the country on scholarship ground, those engaged as commissioners, director generals of agencies and special assistants and advisers among others to consider him for the award.
“Today, the leadership of this forum has taken a reach in honouring a leader per-excellence, a highly intellectual personality, a mentor, a role model who has been contributing tremendously towards the development of Northern Nigeria’s youths and students.
“Our award is a kind of appreciation and encouragement for the services you have rendered towards the development of Northern Nigeria. You are an outstanding governor of Northern Nigeria.
“I honourably stand today, on behalf of the entire Northern Nigerian Youths and students, to affirm you with the most outstanding award of the year titled ” Icon of Youth and Student Development” as we usher you into the Sir
Ahmadu Bello Sardauna hall of fame”.
In his acceptance speech, Governor Matawalle, who was represented by the lawmaker representing Gusau/Tsafe federal constituency, Kabiru Amadu, said his administration placed a huge premium on the welfare and wellbeing of the youth and students’ community in and outside Zamfara State.
“As you are aware since his assumption on May 29, 2019, Zamfara State has made a tremendous investment in education and youth empowerment to safeguard and guarantee the future of our next generation of leaders of which you represent.
“Notably, among numerous other modest achievements in the said areas include a budgetary allocation of 19% to the education sector in 2020, constructions, reconstructions and remodelling of our educational institutions, improve welfare and wellbeing for teachers, provision of adequate teaching aid.
“Other areas of intervention is the award of foreign scholarship to hundreds of our students in Sudan, Cyprus and India to study Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Architecture etc.
“It is worthy of mention that about one week ago, the sum of four hundred million naira (N400, 000, 000.00) was released to the Zamfara State Scholarship Board for Local and Foreign Scholarship.
“A backlog of hundreds of millions of debt we inherited been owed by Crescent and Alhikmah University is being settled as we speak.
“In the same vein, we have the largest youth empowerment social welfare package in the country in which we have engaged about 8,600 youth and placed them on a monthly stipend of N10, 000 each to cushion the effect of unemployment and help them start small scale businesses.
“We shall remain resolute in providing opportunities for our youth and guarantee an enabling platform which they require to succeed. Our youth and students’ friendly policies will be giving more boost going forward”, he promised.
He however thanked the organisers of the award for the honour saying, the award would propel him to do more to empower the next generation of leaders for sustainable development, peace and stability of the country.