From Victor Seyi, Ilorin
A frontline traditional chief ,the Magaji Aare of Ilorin,Alhaji Aremu Zubair has lamented the high rate of youth joblessness in his domain.
He said fixing jobless youths in his domain had been his greatest challenge since he assumed the stool of his forefather a decade ago.
He, however, said that despite the challenge and with the cooperation of the community, youth restiveness has been curtailed in his domain.
The Magaji Aare spoke with journalists in Ilorin during a special prayer to mark his 10 years anniversary on the throne.
He commended the state government for creating jobs for the people of the state but stressed that government alone cannot do it.
“The challenges are many but as a human being one has to absorbed it, one of them is how do you place your people, how do you cater for them more so those who have not gotten employment, particularly the youth, how do you cater for them. I thanked God one by one God is helping. Sometimes the civil service in the state is also helping, I thank God.
But my main problem is how do I get job for these boys”, the Magaji Aare
The traditional ruler however expressed delight that despite the challenge, youth restiveness in the area has been curbed through the cooperation of members of the community.
Aremu charged members of the community, particularly the youths, to cooperate with the government.
“They should not emulate the roughness that some of the youth in other areas are doing, they want to work with the government and we want the government to assist us and we want the governor to know that we are not violent”, he said
In his lecture, a renowned Islamic cleric, Sheik Sulyman Faruk Onikijipa, said the reign of the Magaji Aare has been peaceful.
The cleric said the Magaji Aare had achieved a feat that no one thought was achievable in the community .
Also in his lecture, Sheik Buhari Musa said the Idi-Ape community had carved an niche for itself that the history of Ilorin can never be complete without a mentioning of the area.
He admonished those in position of authorities to be sensitive to the plight of the masses and always have their interests at heart.