KATSINA – Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari has appealed to all wealthy individuals in the state and country at large to give back to the society by supporting the youths, women, orphans and physically challenged persons to make them self-reliant and productive.
Masari made the appeal at the launch of the Aminu Masari Youth Empowerment Foundation and the distribution of 200 wheelchairs to physically challenged persons across the 34 Local Government Areas held in Katsina on Thursday.
According to him, “as the journey towards 2023 is getting closer, I choose to make my retirement from public office memorable, that is why I choose to make the journey simple and humble by identifying with the needs and aspirations of the youth and the less privileged in our society, that is what the foundation is all about”.
“Being the most energetic and active segment of the society, the youths have a great role in shaping the future of any nation especially at this critical moment of our history as a nation.
“The kind of youth groomed in any society has a direct relation with the opportunities provided to them by the privileged few as a way of giving back to the society,” he added.
“This is my vision for setting up the Aminu Masari Youth Empowerment Foundation as my humble contribution towards directing our youth from dependency to productive and formidable people with hope for a better future.”
The Governor said the foundation will serve as a medium to provide support to the youth in areas of empowerment through skills acquisition to reduce redundancy, medical outreach for the less privileged and mentorship opportunities through training in various businesses and crafts.
“Thus, an economically empowered youth is more likely to be patriotic, hard-working and reliable in the drive to achieve sustained development. Conversely, economically weak youths are more prone to vices of negative manipulation, opportunism, frustration and crime,” he concluded.
In his speech, the foundation Chairman Board of Trustees, Alhaji Kabir Mashi who assured of the committee readiness to adhere strictly with the terms given them, said the foundation will obtain a database of youths and the less privileged persons in the state with a view to supporting them with training and business kits to become self-reliant.
He said as part of its objectives, the foundation will also provide free medical outreach across the state and organize regular mentorship training and empowerment programmes for youths in all parts of the state.
A cross-section of the physically challenged persons that received the customized wheelchairs thanked Governor Masari for launching the foundation and appealed to other wealthy individuals to also support them to make their lives meaningful.