Mr Nathaniel Titus, a resident of Lafia, Nasarawa, has called on Gov. Tanko Al-Makura to focus attention on women, youth unemployment and rural underdevelopment

Titus made the call during interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the inauguration of the governor for a second term of office in Lafia on Friday.

He said: “The essence of every government is to improve on the standard of living of its citizens by initiating people-oriented projects to better their lot.

“What the people of the state expect now from governor Al-Makura is for him to employ youths and develop rural areas.

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“The governor should be able to concentrate on the issue of youth unemployment and grassroots underdevelopment in order to fight poverty and check other social vices in the state.

“He should not only concentrate on developing the towns while the villagers are suffering.

“Most of the youths in the state are with their certificates but without gainful employment.

“Unemployment is a great disease in our society and because of its effect, the country’s socio-economic and infrastructure development have been affected negatively.

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“Focusing on youth employment and rural development will go a long way in reducing poverty, unemployment and other social vices in the state.

He, however, commended Al-Makura for his developmental strides and called on him to do more in his second term.

Another resident, Mr Adigizi Bulus, reminded the governor of the need to do more to improve the life of the rural populace.

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“As a journalist, I go around villages and communities to know how many communities are with good infrastructure and how many communities are without facilities.

“The governor should now focus on developing the rural areas’’, he said.

Mr Bala Bernard, a youth advocate, also called on the State Government to give priority attention to youth unemployment.

He decried the high number of unemployed youths, adding that the development must be checked to avert social vices such as armed robbery, prostitution and drug abuse among others. (NAN)