By Amos Tauna
Kaduna State government, Northern part of Nigeria, has set out machineries to enhance community participation in government programmes meant to ensure rural development.
A meeting organized by the state government through the office of the Special Adviser to governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai on Social Development and Civil Society Organizations discussed extensively on various areas that could lead to total overhaul of the present situation among the youths and rural dwellers in the state with a better framework towards enhancing their standards of living.
Declaring the meeting open, the Special Adviser to governor El-Rufai on Social Development, Hajia Rabi M. G. Abdulsalam, said the door of her office was widely open to receive constructive ideas that could lead to team work among the youths and rural dwellers.
She explained that emphasis should be focused on rape and other social vices with a view to reducing them to the bearest minimum in the state, while urging the Civil Society Organizations to rise to the task of ensuring they contribute possitively towards eradicating the ills in the society.
The Special Adviser noted that the Civil Society Organizations were close to the people especially the youths, urged them to play vital roles towards realising the government set objectives on Social and Community Development. “We cannot fail in our assignment to make the youths realise that they are leaders of tomorrow and therefore they should be trained on leadership instead of indulging themselves in the use of substance abuse that could be detrimental to their future.
The discussion which centered on social and community development, stressed that there was the need for the youths to work together in achieving meaningful development order than taking substances that affect their progress and future leaders in the country.
The meeting deliberated on the need for the state government to involve members of the community and Civil Society Organizations for effective implementation of its health programmes in the state, while advising the youths to take training programmes seriously for them to live meaningful lives in futire.