By EZEKIEL DONTINNA
PLATEAU State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Victor Lapang, has promised to constitute strategic committee in communities in and around Jos metropolis to look in youth’s restiveness and proffer far reaching solutions that would engage in them useful ventures.
He made the pledge in Jos, in an interview with THE NIGERIA STANDARD shortly after taking over office from the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Helen Abi Ishaya at the J. D. Gomwalk Secretariat Jos, the state capital recently.
The Commissioner said, “in the six to seven months, we have been having issues of youth restiveness in some parts of the state. The Apata axis, the Tudun-Wada axis, the Gada-biu-Kabong axis, just to mention but a few.
Now that I am back, I think I would set up a committee that would sit down and look in the details of these problems and look for a way forward.
“We have to sit-down with youth leaders within these areas and know where the problem is. I know in any strata of life, I think there is a way out to get it right and I think we will start with dialogue if there are factions or groups to see how we can nib it in the bud.
“If need be that we need law enforcement in, we would, but we need to create sanity within the youth unit to realize their potentials and if they do realize these potentials, the sky is their limit.
“That is the first step we will take to see how we can bring back our youths to realize what their potentials are,” he assured.
Hon. Lapang, however called on the staff of the ministry to brace up to the current challenges that they are faced with to make the ministry self-sustaining by enhancing all they have in the ministry to make it a model of all the ministries in the state.
He therefore urged the staff to concentrate on their responsibilities and stop double-crossing to take another person job saying by the time staff sticks to his job and give in his or her best, the replying effects would be much such that, everyone would enjoy his or her job.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary for Youths and Sports, Mrs. Helen Abi Ishaya, congratulated the commissioner on his second coming to the ministry and thanked Governor Simon Bako Lalong, for deeming it fit to bring their commissioner back to the ministry as they had prayed.
She also thanked the staff of the ministry for the cooperation given to her while on acting capacity and prayed that same cooperation be given to the commissioner as he pilot the affairs of the ministry, assuring him that they would continue to support him to succeed.