The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) held a meeting on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, in Kaduna and called on political, religious, and traditional leaders in the North to take urgent steps to tackle various social issues in the region.
In a statement signed by the group’s spokesperson, Emmanuel Yahwe, the ACF commended the governors in the north to challenge unemployment and eradicate street begging. Governors were also advised to focus on agriculture and school enrollment to create employment opportunities for young people and alleviate poverty.
The statement read: “The ACF advised northern leaders to take urgent steps to enhance the rampant incidence of street begging which is very unhealthy for the overall development of the north.
“Northern states should take advantage of the N75 billion loans to farmers in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing in Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL).”
“Unemployment has become a big menace to the northern region. State governors are advised to design employment schemes for our teeming youths who have become frustrated and pose an additional threat to the security of the north and the country.
“State governors are also advised to key into programmes of the federal government designed to offer employment to the youth and alleviate poverty,” added the ACF statement.