Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on Thursday noted that the way out of Nigeria’s problem is for our leaders to address poverty and unemployment among youths.
Tambuwal stated this in Abuja at the National inauguration of a project tagged ‘Project 20 million’.
The Sokoto State Governor who was represented by his Special Assistant on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, Akibu Dalhatu, said for Nigeria to enjoy peace, these challenges must be addressed.
He further stated that to overcome issues affecting the nation, government at all levels must first address poverty and unemployment among youths.
“In our country today, we are faced with banditry, rape cases, corruption, mismanagement of funds, nepotism, insurgency, and so many issues that threaten the unity of this country.”
“Posterity will not fail to judge us all for our actions and inactions if we do not speak; it is we the people that will change Nigeria.”
“The recent #EndSARS protests that rocked across the country and even beyond is a wake-up call to our leaders.”
“The fact that they have pushed us so much to the wall shows that Nigerians are ready to start pushing back,” Tambuwal stressed.
He added that leaders must engage its people in the budget making process, saying that appropriation bill at the Federal Level must not remain an executive affair.
The governor said, “We must adopt the participatory approach to budget making; before the budget office of the Presidency, the Ministry of Finance and Budget Planning finalise any budget, they must organise town hall meetings.”
“This will gather the inputs of the people and determine priority areas.”
“If the people participate in the budget-making process, they will also follow how the appropriated money is being spent and by this they will demand transparency and accountability from government officials.”
“The people’s engagement in these processes strengthens and deepens democracy, and this ensures that the process of the rule of law is followed.”