Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya on Monday warned politicians against using Kalare boys to cause violence and mayhem in the state.
Yahaya who gave the warning at the launching of Gombe State Security, Traffic and Environmental Corps, GOSTEC said the menace of using the youths for political thuggery and criminality for the selfish interest of politicians will not be condoned by this administration.
According to him “Let me reiterate our administration’s commitment towards bringing an end to youth restiveness through innovative approaches by providing them with necessary skills to engage in decent jobs and cater for themselves, their families and the society at large. The menace of using our youth in political thuggery and criminality for the selfish interest of politicians will not be condoned by this administration. We remain determined to end the “Kalare” in Gombe State inshaAllah,”.
He said the induction of 500 GOSTEC trainees is the home-grown innovation aimed at harnessing the energies of the youths in state building in line with human capital development initiative.
He noted that no fewer than 2,000 youths will be engaged by the state government in collaboration with the At-Risk Children Project (ARC-P).
“These youths will be posted across all the 11 LGAs to serve as Traffic, Security or Environmental Superintendents in our communities. You will recall that on the 21st day of June, 2021, we launched the At-Risk Children Project (ARC-P) in Gombe state with the aim of providing a multi-pronged approach for the rehabilitation and reintegration of vulnerable children and youths at risk in our society. Our commitment towards realizing this dream is clearly evident through the concerted efforts we made to ensure that Gombe state is the first state to launch the program at sub-national level,” he said.
He added that with the launching of the novel corps in the state, his administration is again fulfilling one of it’s numerous campaigns promises in uplifting the living standard of the youths through the creation of decent employment opportunities and engaging them positively in the overall development of the state.
“Gombe State Traffic and Environmental Corps (GOSTEC) is a squad of Gombe youth, nominated from all over the eleven LGAs of the State, who have been carefully selected and shall be appropriately trained to shoulder the responsibilities of enforcing relevant traffic, security and environment laws in close collaboration with the statutory agencies so as to ensure a safe, clean and decent environment for all of us to thrive” he said.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Human Capital development, Barrister Sani Ahmad Haruna said the training of the 500 GOSTEC members marked the beginning of mopping the most energetic youth out of the streets to be used positively to contribute to the peaceful coexistence of the state.
He said the trainers are formidable and high reputable security training firm with decades of experience.
“For the next two weeks GOSTEC Corps will be trained through examination, mastery of a variety of topics that include: physical security, crime scenes, emergency procedures, safety procedures, physical fitness, use of force, workplace violence, environmental crime control, investigations, traffic & crowd control, legal aspects and report,” he said.