Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni has urged youths to join security services to reduce the high rate of unemployment in the state.
Buni gave the charge while receiving Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) cadets on Saturday in Damaturu.
He said joining the military, police and other sister agencies would complement the government’s efforts at ensuring peace, security, and poverty alleviation.
The governor directed local government council chairmen and community leaders to encourage the enlistment of youths at the grassroots for the state to have the right number of men and women in the security agencies.
Buni said parents and other well-meaning Nigerians had the responsibility to also motivate upright citizens to apply for recruitment in the security agencies.
He said that by motivating educated and upright youths to join the military and police, the country would be on the right track to having the number of men and women needed for efficient military and police.
“Military and the police are indispensable to a peaceful and growing country that is determined to have effective internal security.
“We must continuously encourage our youths in our communities to join the army, police, and other security agencies.
“We must come together as a community to ensure that our youths whether graduates or school certificate holders are encouraged to join the army and the police.
“We may not appreciate the importance of encouraging them to join the police and other armed forces until in the future when we all retired,” he said.
Buni pledged that his government would continue to do its best in supporting and encouraging youths to join security outfits.