CULTURE: NIGER GOVT. SUPPORTS YOUTHS ACTIVITIES
The Niger state Government will continue to support initiatives by individual groups and associations geared towards making the youth valuable and self reliant through entrepreneurship development. The State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello gave the assurance at the second edition of annual Paigokni cultural fiesta held in Paiko Local Government Area of the state. Represented by the Commissioner of Water Resources and Dams Development, Alhaji Mamman Musa, the governor stressed the need for residents irrespective of ethnic and religious differences to unite and live in peace to enhance rapid development of the state. Governor Bello also expressed delight that the concept of the festival which is for the Gbagyi to rediscover their historical background that is full of positive activities. The President of the Association, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, emphasized that the PaiGokni Development Association is non-political and aims to promote the cultural values as well as safeguard the language from extinction. Ambassador Dada who enumerated various educational assistance and support rendered to schools and the youths by the Association in the area, implored parents to enroll their children especially girl child in schools. He appreciated the state Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello and Mohammad Sani Musa 313 and other people for their support towards making the event successful. The former Niger state Governor Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu in his remarks explained that without culture people will not appreciate who they are. "For example if you go to other countries even in Africa they have been so colonized that you don't see their cultural values in them but only the European values thus the importance of the gathering". Among those who graced the occasion were the Chairman of Paiko Local Govt, Mr John Mai karfi; state Chairman of PDP Bar. Tanko Beji; Alh Umar Khadi Kuta, former HOS; Vice Chancellor IBBU Lapai, Prof Nasiru Mai turare while the Emir of Minna Dr Umar Faruk Bahago was represented at the occasion.