The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, has reiterated the fact that government is working to meet the aspirations of the youth and paying attention to their demands.
“I support fully the aspirations of our Youth for a better and humane treatment by the police and a stop to youth profiling. The youth mostly are the everyday victims of police harassments, illegal arrests and detentions and violation of rights. Our youth must be defended and not decimated. Their voices have been heard and President Muhammadu Buhari has gone to work for the Nigerian youth as seen in the several steps and directives issued for reforms,” he said.
The Minister stated this when the Lead Generation Initiative, LGI, visited him in his office to discuss and put forward their recommendations aimed at establishing sustainable solutions to the recurring cases of police brutality. The team was led by Chief (Mrs) Ayobola Peller, executive director of LGI
The recommendations put forward by the organisation include: Opening a sustained channel of engagement with the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, in halting unprofessional activities of personnel; Initiating a police-citizens engagement monitoring team to report cases of police extortion and harassment; Following through on government outlined guidelines on police reform; proper funding, remuneration and insurance scheme for police officers; setting up emergency centres for reporting police harassment on youth and Policy rewarding citizens who expose corruption in the police force
In his response, the minister appreciated LGI’s efforts, stating that the team’s visit was indeed timely. In his words: “Your suggestions and recommendations will be conveyed to the government. Reforms of the Police is most desirable. The youth of this country have spoken and we have heard their voices.
Government will work accordingly to ensure their aspirations are met.”
He promised to work with the initiative and other youth groups to ensure the youth are partners with government.
The Minister further mentioned that with various opportunities are being made available for the youth including training on leadership like the one the LGI. “It is necessary that youth apply themselves to the Opportunities made available by government,” he said.