Niger State acting Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Ahmed Ketso has reiterated the commitment of the present administration to bring to the barest minimum youth restiveness through initiation of various laudable programmes and activities in the state.
Ketso made this declaration at the 5th Horse Race Competition in Lapai Local Government Area of the state, stating that youths
who constitute the greater percentage of the population needed to be empowered just as government will tap their potentials for the development and growth of the state.
The acting governor urged parents to pay proper attention to the development of their wards even as he told the youths to give adequate respect to their parents using Prophet Yusuf as a role model in their lives.
The Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umar Bago III in his speech, enjoined wealthy individuals and corporate organisations to embark more on ventures capable of engaging the teeming unemployed youths in the community.
The sponsor of this year’s racing competition and member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mohammed Abdulkadir Mahmud, representing Agaie- Lapai federal constituency in his remarks, advised youths to shun acts inimical to the peace of the society.
Mahmud disclosed that the competition was aimed at engaging the youths just as he urged the people to urgently report any suspicious movement in their communities to the appropriate authorities.
The winner of the competition, 18-year-old Ibrahim Magaji, who went home with Toyota Sienna bus expressed joy for his success, appreciating the organizers just as he urged his core contestants not to relent in the future.
The competition was of three categories; the Keshe group made up of under 12 had two winners who went home with a refrigerator each, first category winners – a Sienna, N50,000 and N30,000 and second group winners had a motorcycle, N50,000 and N30,000 respectively.

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