A gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2018 elections in Ekiti State, Honourable Mrs. Taye Matesun has counseled President Muhammadu Buhari on the steps to take to address headlong all the security challenges bedeviling the country.
Mrs. Matesun is one of the very few Ekiti women who took a shot at the Ekiti State gubernatorial seat so that it would not be an all-male affair. Of the two women who gave the party primary a try, only Dr. Mrs. Mojisola Yaya Kolade has been honoured with an appointment as the Commissioner for Health by the Governor of the State, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi.
In the statement issued by Mrs. Matesun, she advised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to tackle the issue of insecurity in Nigeria with more seriousness and sincerity. According to her, Sambisa forest should not be a wasted expanse of land for Nigeria. She therefore counseled the Federal Government to send all cattle and herdsmen to the forest to establish their colonies there.
Mrs Matesun further submitted that the Federal Government can subsequently help the herdsmen to transport their cattle by rail or with heavy duty vehicles free of charge. “Someone like Aliko Dangote can be consulted for humanitarian help with his long vehicles. Nigeria cannot afford to leave Sambisa forest to waste,” she added.
She equally advised the Federal Government to empower corps members coming from service with takeoff grants to start small scale businesses since an idle hand is the devil’s workshop. “The Federal Government under our amiable President can rub minds with Senators and members of the House of Representatives to reduce their salaries and give supplement to help these youths with amounts ranging from N400, 000 – N500, 000 to start any business of their choice.”
In addition to this, she opined that philanthropists in the country could issue grants of between N2 to N3 billion to help the youths coming from NYSC as free gifts or loans for about a period of ten months.
Matesun further suggested that the NYSC members can join forces on various businesses like mechanised farming, fishery, building and trading, among other ventures. These steps, she added, would reduce the incidence of robbery, kidnapping and ritual activities among youths.
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