By Amina Abdullahi Girbo
.…..Closes 80th edition of Islamic Vacation Course in Bauchi
Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State on Wednesday sought for the support of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) in the training of
youths of adolescent age on self-discipline and self-reliance in an effort to tackle immoral behaviour in the society.
Speaking at the closing of the 80th edition of the National Islamic Vacation Course held at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, the Governor expressed concern that society is seriously afflicted with number of challenges which have spread to almost every aspect of its being.
Represented by his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Mohammed Auwal Jatau, Governor Bala Mohammed applauded the leadership of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) for organizing the week long intensive program in which young Muslim adolescent boys and girls were trained on both moral and qualitative education.
He also commended the effort of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria for organizing such programme thereby complimenting the government effort in ensuring an egalitarian society and stressed the need for other sister religious organizations to emulate the MSSN and collaborate towards a better society.
The Governor said as security of lives and property of the citizens is one of the major priorities of his administration, noted that managing security of lives and property always requires moral and religious approach to inculcate in youth self-discipline, healthy competition and self-reliance.
According to him, empowering youth would ensure a more prosperous and inclusive society for all and assured of the state government’s readiness to support and involve religious bodies in decision making to reduce distrust and provide avenues for addressing all grievances before they get out of hand.
“Moral behaviour is seriously lacking among youth; the elicit relationship and behaviour of the youths of adolescent age. There are indeed rampant and incessant cases of sexual harassment and aggression much as there are incidents rape and kidnapping mostly committed under the influence of drugs. This intervention of the MSSN is timely and highly appreciated.
“Since my tenure began in 2019, our focus has been clear – to empower the youth and women economically and integrate them into governance. Thousands have received government support for business endeavours, emphasizing self-reliance as taught by Islam. Our state’s potential is vast, and I urge our youth to seize and utilize the many opportunities that are available in various sectors, especially the agricultural value chain.
“In governance, the youth are not mere supporters but integral contributors. Over half of my cabinet and the State House of Assembly members are in their 30s and 40s, reflecting our commitment to mentor the next generation of leaders. Empowering our youth and women requires a united effort between the government and stakeholders.
“Besides that, I wish to inform you that, we are fully aware of the youth unemployment and other related issues that bring about the increasing rate of security challenges in the society. In our effort to overcome these challenges, we have re-introduced Societal Reorientation Programme towards sensitizing, educating and mobilizing the general public on moral ethics and therefore solicit for the support of every individual and organization.”
In a keynote address, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar said the theme of the course which is “The Position of Muslims in National Politics and Economy: Where we are and where we ought to be” is timely and tasked the participants to make good use of the acquired for the promotion of Islamic education which will go along with towards addressing the numerous challenges facing the country.
The MSSN National Amir, Malam Shehu Usman Abubakar noted that, Muslim societies and youths have a vital role to play in national politics and the economy, hence the need for the youths to be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to succeeded.