Youths in Niger State have told the State and Federal Governments’ to take adequate steps to equitably distribute the COVID-19 palliatives meant for them without further delay.
Making the demand at a stakeholders’ meeting in Minna, with government officials and traditional rulers present, the youths said that they did not want to disrupt the sharing of the food items by breaking into warehouses as has been done by unruly elements in some parts of the country.
But they made it clear to the governor, ably represented by his deputy, Alhaji Mohammad Ahmed Ketso, that they knew all the locations where foods were being kept and that nobody could deprive them of their fair share of the items.
Major youth organisations in the state, whose agitation for improved welfare, security and job creation prompted the meeting convened by Ambassador Zubairu Dada, came out openly to speak out their minds regarding recent protests over police brutality and sharing of COVID-19 palliatives and demanded prompt action to end lingering suffering in the state.
The Chairman, Northern Coalition of the Youths, Comrade Mohammed Mohammed, speaking on the issues which are expected to be resolved by government at both national and state levels, lamented over neglect by the administration despite displaying a high level of maturity, support and understanding.
“We are not happy with the way this government at all levels has treated us because we have met with them and discussed various issues aimed at improving our lot but no action has ever been taken to implement any of the decisions reached with the government,” Mohammed lamented.
“We the youths in Niger State embarked on a peaceful protest in the state and also called it off because of the love we have for our state. We know the roads to the various warehouses where the palliatives meant for the people are kept, but we decided not to go and loot because we are not hoodlums.
“We decided to localise our agitations to our internal problems-insecurity, bad roads, epileptic power supply, among others, and we, therefore, call on the state government to distribute the palliatives to those concerned now since it is meant for emergency and it should therefore be treated as such immediately,” Mohammed warned.