Gombe state chapter of the National Youth Council is unhappy with the state government for interfering in its activities.

Some members of the council led by Comrade Al-amin Ibrahim on Tuesday protested at the state government house.

They showed their grievances over what they called interference in the activities of the non-governmental organization (NGO) by the state commissioner of Youth Empowerment, Faruk Yarma.

The protesting youths were received and addressed by the acting Secretary to the State Government, James Pisaghi.

Comrade Al-amin Ibrahim who spoke on behalf the youths said, “We are at the Gombe state government house to tell the government, our leaders that National Youth Council is an NGO that has it rules and should not be run or governed by the government.”

While responding on behalf of the state government, the SSG who was accompanied by the permanent secretary of the government house said, “You have itemized your issues and presented to me and I promise to present them to the state government for further actions.

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The SSG saluted the courage and conduct of the protesters for expressing themselves peacefully. 

“With this I want to appeal to you to calm your members and go back to your respective business while we do the clerical work of advising the government on what to do,” he added.

Another group of protesting youths whom were allegedly sponsored by the Commissioner For Youth Empowerment Farouk Yarma staged another protest in favour of the commissioner.

The protesters were on Wednesday at the gate of the Gombe State government house to show to the state government their solidarity with the commissioner.

The crisis in the Gombe state chapter of National Youth Council was said have originated from the council’s state congress which was held on 5th April 2018.

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