By Our Reporter
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has called on Fulani youths in the state to shun crimes such as kidnapping and armed robbery, which is fast giving the Fulani a bad name.
Engineer Sule made the call while hosting a delegation from the state chapter of the Fulani All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Forum, who were on a courtesy call at the Government House on Tuesday.
The Governor urged the Fulani youths to embrace western education as according to him, education will discourage the youths from committing crimes.
While recalling a meeting last week, during which a notorious kidnapper, Buju Bazamfare surrendered alongside his men, Engineer Sule expressed concern that majority of the kidnappers are Fulani.
“That explained why we brought together prominent Ardos and Fulani leaders from across the country, to join in the meeting and talk to them to desist from committing crimes, which has gone a long way to create a bad image for the Fulani,” the Governor said.
He said that Nasarawa State is ready to participate in the Federal Government’s National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP), with the pilot project expected to commence in Doma, Nasarawa and Wamba, out of the seven locations originally earmarked for the programme.
Speaking further on education, the Governor said his administration is willing to give facelift to particularly primary schools, in a bid to lay a solid foundation for children in the state.
One of such interventions, according to Engineer Sule, was as a result of complaints he received about a primary school mostly for the Fulani in Kurmin Tagwaye, for which renovation work is expected to commence next week.
“I have already sent officials to carry out assessment of the school. I promised to renovate the school even with my personal funds, in case no funds is forthcoming from government. I want to do that in order to have a particular school for the Fulani,” he stated.
The Governor thanked members of the forum for their role leading to the victory of the APC during the 2019 governorship election.
He assured them that members of the group will be considered for political appointment, stressing that as an all-inclusive government, his administration will carry everybody along.
Earlier in an opening remarks, leader of the delegation, Jibrin Shuaibu said as indigenous people, they have always contributed their quota to the flourishing of democracy in the state.
Shuaibu however pointed out that no single Fulani has been offered political appointment.
He equally made case for Fulani youths to be given scholarships, graduates to be offered job opportunities, while also calling on government to vaccinate their cattle.