By Abdulaziz Ibrahim Hassan
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has flagged off training for the first batch of 500 youths under Gombe State Security, Traffic and Environmental Corps, GOSTEC Programme in the State.
In his address at the induction ceremony held at the NYSC temporary orientation camp, Amada, Governor Inuwa Yahaya described GOSTEC as a home grown innovation aimed at harnessing the potentials of youths in state which is one of his administration’s priorities towards human capital development.
He explained that the 2,000 youths across the 11 Local Government areas of Gombe State will be engaged under the programme in Collaboration with At Risk Children Project, ARC-P office in Abuja.
According to Governor Inuwa Yahya, the youths selected for the first batch of GOSTEC will be given appropriate training that will enable them shoulder the responsibility of enforcing the relevant traffic, security and environmental laws in conjunction with the statutory security agencies so as to ensure a safe, secure and clean environment for all people of Gombe State in accordance with the dictates of the law.
The Governor also described the induction as just the beginning of youth friendly initiatives of his administration, assuring that many more people-oriented programmes and policies of his administration are coming.
Inuwa Yahaya reiterated his commitment and determination to end youth restiveness and political thuggery in Gombe State, adding that the menace of using youths in political thuggery and criminality for the selfish interest of politicians will not be condoned by his administration in the state.
Governor Inuwa urged the trainees to work hard, uphold all the knowledge, skills and experience they will get during the training period for good practice and be good ambassadors of his administration.
Speaking earlier, the Coordinator of At- Risk Children Programme, ARC-P and Special Adviser to the Governor on Human Capital Development, Barrister Sani Ahmed Haruna appreciated the support and encouragement by Governor Yahaya, saying that security, good accommodation, nutritious food, kits, and other welfare packages have all been provided for the success of the training.
Barrister Sani added that, there are 38 females among the 500 trainees, there were 38 women with over 80% facilitators from Gombe, the gesture he described as a good foresight of Governor Inuwa Yahaya.
In his remark, the Managing Director,.Good work Solutions and Allied Services, the consultant for the induction training, Wing Commander Ibrahim Sarki (rtd) said he was impressed by the landmark achievements of Governor Inuwa Yahaya, adding that the training will focus on four main areas, traffic regulation management, security and protection of high value assets, environmental monitoring and protection, general safety on health, fire and emergency response.
At the end of the training, the 500 youths are expected to be deployed to various places in the state to serve at different capacities of human development and will also be placed on monthly allowance.