ADDRESS BY THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT AREWA YOUTH FORUM ALHAJI GAMBO IBRAHIM GUJUNGU DURING A COURTESY CALL ON THE HONOURABLE MINISTER FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT HAJIYA AMINA J. MOHAMMED, OFR IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 15, 2016
The Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Environment
The Honourable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Environment
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment
Other Key Staff of the Ministry
Distinguished National Executive Council Members of the Arewa Youth Forum
Members of the Press
Ladies and Gentlemen
On behalf of the National Executive Council and Members of the Arewa Youth Forum in Nigeria and Diaspora, I want to start this short and concise address by thanking our host, an Ambassador of Grass-root Development of International repute, the Hon Minister, Federal Ministry of Environment, Hajiya Amina J. Mohammed, OFR; for accepting to receive us here in her office despite the short notice and tight official schedule. This honour done to us is highly appreciated; it goes to indicate and prove that the Honourable Minister is passionate about Youth Movement as a catalyst for grass-root development and policy implementation.
I wish to inform the Honourable Minister that we are in her office today with the view to pay homage, lend our support to the ongoing activities of the Ministry. We are also here to brief and acquaint the Honourable Minister on the few activities of the Forum and finally seek ways of collaboration/partnership between our organization and the Ministry in our collective resolve to give our noble contributions to the progress and development of our region and dear Country.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, as the umbrella body of progressive Youth of Northern extraction, the Arewa Youth Forum from its establishment to date and through its membership spread has organize various developmental programs some of which are in partnership with Ministries, Agencies and Departments. I am happy to inform the Honourable Minister that recently and within the period of September 2014 to October 2015, the AYF implemented the 1st circle of US Department of State fully funded ‘Conflict Mitigation and Peace Building Project’ in the four-4 States of Northern Nigeria i.e. (Kaduna, Bauchi, Nasarawa and Taraba) respectively. The project was AYF noble contribution to the Federal and State Government’s efforts to help the Nation in addressing and mitigating the security and peace building challenges. For the record, we wish to state that the project has achieved its desired objectives because it has served as an avenue where about over one thousand Youths across these four mentioned States and twelve communities were trained as Peace Ambassadors. The next approach however, is to see how to create means and sources of economic livelihood for these trained Youths; as the general goes to say that ‘An idle mind is the Devil’s workshop’.
It is in view of the fore-goings and in order to expand our operational landscape in line with our formation mandate that we kindly request to key into the implementation activities of programs of the Ministry of Environment especially those that will positively impact on the Youth.
Permit me to once again congratulate and commend the Honourable Minister on the numerous developments she has brought to the Ministry and the country at large since assumption of office as Honourable Minister Federal Ministry of Environment. These include the Great Green World (GGW) and NEWMAP projects to mention but a few.
We wish to note with pride that these twin projects mentioned above especially the GGW is a goldmine and relief not only to the target Youths but also the affected 43 LGAs in the frontline States.
Lastly, permit me to once again thank you for the honour done to us and for your continued support to grass-root development and effort that has gain you a global prominence.
ALHAJI GAMBO IBRAHIM GUJUNGU, FNY