The Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Ibrahim Bello, has advised youths in Zamfara to participate in community development projects as part of their contributions to the growth of the society.
Bello gave the advice in his palace in Gusau on Tuesday during a courtesy visit by the members of the Labour Room Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).
The emir was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the Emirate, Alhaji Sambo A-Sambo.
“We thank you for this visit; we commend you for this initiative, we are calling on you to always be united and work together for your future development,’’ he said.
Earlier, the Labour Room Youths’ governor in the state, Mr Nura Isa-Gusau, said the organisation was an initiative of some patriotic Nigerians working for the progress of the state.
“We are in Gusau Emirate Council to inform the people about “Keep Zamfara Clean,” an initiative to support environmental sanitation in this state.
“As royal fathers, we are here to seek your blessings and advice and assistance in mobilising the public in achieving our targets,’’ he said.
Isa-Gusau said that the initiative was aimed at improving public awareness on good sanitation practices to promote people’s well-being.
“We have many initiatives such as the girl-child education and the campaign against drug abuse toward enhancing the future of youths and development of our country.
“Environmental sanitation is another major programme that we are giving emphasis to, considering its impact to our health care and other socio economic activities.
“That is why we came up with the initiative: `Keep Zamfara Clean’.
“Apart from clearing waste from major streets, we are also conducting sensitisation campaigns through the media to the people of the state on the importance of keeping our environment clean,” he said.
The Labour Room Youths’ governor appealed to all stakeholders to support government’s efforts at ensuring clean and healthy environment for the citizens.
“As we all know, an unclean environment may lead to an outbreak of various diseases such as: typhoid, cholera and malaria among others,” he said.
Isa-Gusau commended the government for engaging other companies to carryout environmental sanitation in Gusau and other major towns in the state.
“We are also appealing to the state government to revive the Zamfara Environmental Sanitation Agency (ZESA) in order to improve sanitation activities in the state,” he said.
He appealed to the residents of the state not to depend solely on government to ensure a neat environment.
“We should focus on organising community sanitation in our areas,” he said. (NAN)
– Apr. 3, 2018 @ 12:48 GMT