Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed on Saturday urged parents to instill family values in their children so as to save the country from degeneration.
The minister made the call in Kaduna during a stakeholders’ engagement with district heads, religious and community leaders from the 23 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
“We are calling the attention of parents that we have failed our children, in the sense that the kind of values we used to have is no more.
“We need to remind ourselves that our children need to be upright and that this criminality going on, on daily basis, is not for their benefit and the benefit of the state and country,” she said.
Ahmed commended the efforts by the Kaduna State Government in managing the security challenges facing the state.
The minister said that the Federal Government had created a N75-billion Entrepreneurship Support Fund, to enable youths in the country grow their businesses and be economically independent.
She said that the fund would support the youth to actualise their innovative and entrepreneurial ideas, while enabling them to become productive and employers of labour.
Also speaking, the Minister of Environment, Dr. Muhammad Mahmud, called for concerted efforts to tackle the security challenges confronting the country.
He urged the stakeholders to support government in addressing the menace of insecurity and unemployment in the country.
He advised the youths to be self-reliant by focusing on skills acquisition and not depending on government for sustenance.
Mahmud also urged the leaders to be advocates of peace in their respective communities in order to bring about meaningful development.
Earlier, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, appealed to the stakeholders to sensitise their communities to the need to always uphold the law in all their conducts.
She, nonetheless, warned that the state government would remain resolute in dealing with any lawlessness and criminal acts.
She particularly condemned the recent spate of looting and destruction of public and private properties.
“These mob actions are unreasonable and intolerable,” she said.
The deputy governor expressed the hope that the interactions would lead to more understanding and collective efforts to develop the state.
“As good citizens, it is part of our civic duty to support government in the development of the state.
“So, we need these interactions between the government, traditional and religious institutions that allow us to reason together.
“It is agreed that there are problems but government is doing all it can to address them. I urge all on the need to join forces to save the society from those seeking to destroy it.
“This is a responsive government and we have listened to the demands of our people and are doing our best to address them,” Balarabe added.
The stakeholders unanimously urged the government to do more in securing the lives and property of the people.
They, however, commended the state government’s efforts in managing the security situation across the state so far, and proposed that stakeholders meetings be held quarterly to address emerging challenges.
The Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, as well as Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Gov. Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa also attended the event.