*For his support for youths in northern Nigeria
By Olayinka Elebute
For his extraordinary commitment to the development of youths in northern Nigeria, a member of House of Representative representing Jos North and Bassa Federal Constituency Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande has been accorded one of the most prestigious honour for his programme in his constituency in empowering the youth of his area.
Speaking while presenting the award to him at his constituency office in Jos, President General of the group, Comrade Solomon Pevkyya, said the lawmaker has done well in empowering youths in the country providing dividend of democracy to his people as well as boost education in his constituency.
He was awarded Sir Ahmadu Bello prestigious Award, as the Icon of Youth Empowerment and Grassroots Development Northern Nigeria by a group Global Alliance of Northern Nigeria Youth (GANNY).
According to the President General of the group Comrade Solomon Pevkyya, GANNY has been promoting the Unity of northern Nigeria Youth, Youth restiveness and at these crucial time when Nigeria is being plague with issues of hate speeches which has been the centre of current development in the country the group have resolved that Nigeria is one and that the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable and our living together cannot be bought with any amount of money.
He however urged the youth of Nigeria to come together as one and he also used the medium to champion the unity among the Northern Youth, speaking further on the quality of the awardee Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-kwande as one distinguished young man in the country that has been known for excellence and outstanding performance from his days as the chairman of Mighty Jet Football Club and as a current member of the NFF.
Executive committee members and I know he has empowered a lot of youths under his constituency with various programmes if we have more young Nigerians doing this I believe we have a better future for our youths every where in the country.
We have chosen to honour him with the Sir Ahmadu Bello prestigious merit award because, Sir Ahmadu Bello represent a leader that has quality of grassroots leadership and he stands out in that aspect. He just represents that icon and we hope he grows to be a bigger person in Nigerian politics,” he said.
Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande in his response said, “its always wonderful when your people recognise you for your good works and I appreciate their effort picking me out of the several young politicians to be honoured with a great man like Sir. Ahmadu Bello who has done great things for this country.
“Like their leader has said he want me to keep working and I pray I will continue to give my best to help the youtsh of Nigeria to grow and be useful for the country,” the House of Rep member concluded.
Meanwhile, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande also took time out to attend the Sallah party organised by APC Women Leaders from Jos North at the Plateau Hotel in Jos, where he challenged the youth leaders of his constituency to emulate what the women of his constituency has been doing for over two years since the party has been in power.
In attendance is Jos North Local Government APC, Chairman Yakubu Hassan, wife of the Local Government Secretary Maryam Hassan Maimadara, APC Youth Leader Jos North Yal Umar, while Mrs Mary Philips represented her husband Chairman Jos North Local Government, APC Women leader Mrs. Akumbo also present are all APC Jos North men and women Wards Executives were present to grace the day.