Productive, Innovative, Creative Youths Can Drive Development in Nigeria – KASU Lecturer
By Victor Habila, Kaduna
A public commentator and a senior lecturer with the department of economics at Kaduna State University (KASU), Dr Auta Elisha Manson said youths can drive the growth of Nigerian development if they are productive, innovative and creative in their activities.
Dr Manson added that in every society, the youths are its backbone and pillars that builds and support the growth of their country, adding that Nigerian youths are putting in work to ensure no politician does harm to the National treasury.
He who spoke at the just concluded 2-day workshop on “Budget Analysis and Fact Sheet Production” organised by Connected Development in collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria, with the theme: “Strengthening Youth Focused Public Service Delivery in Nigeria; Youth Organizing and Leadership (YOL)”, called on the youths to show interest on how public resources are utilized by the government because it has to do with the future of young Nigerians.
He noted that if youth should be involved in budgeting plan, process and implementation, then the Federal and States governments will be guided on how to spend public funds which he says will reduce mismanagement of national resources and ensure transparency in governance.
The public speaker explained that the participants during the workshop were sensitised on how budget is processed and are able to identify those issues that affects youths as contained in the allocated budget for all MDAs at state and federal level of government.
According to him, Education and Health sectors are the major key areas that affect youth directly, therefore the youth should follow the budgeting plan, processes and implementation to ensure that the allocated money is not misused.
While commending Kaduna State Government on programs that has to do with youth empowerment, he expressed his dismay over some entrepreneurial training that ends without a startup tool and capital for the people involved.
The lecturer added that due to the practical nature of the program, all participants have been equipped to investigate how their representatives at the government are transparent. He urged them to support the movement “#Ifollowthemoney”.