Mr Ibrahim Yusuf, the Chairman, Coalition of Civil Society Organisations in Gombe State, has urged the State Government to re-establish the youth marshals to address youth restiveness.
Yusuf made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Gombe on Wednesday.
recalls that the previous administration of Ibrahim Dankwambo engaged the services of reformed political thugs, popularly known as ‘Yan Kalare’, as environmental, ward and traffic marshals, and placed them on monthly stipends.
“We are calling on the present administration of Inuwa Yahaya to make sure that what stopped them from paying them or engaging to continue with them should be revisited and make sure that so many things are done according to contemporary issues.
“This will go a long way in addressing crime in the metropolis and environs like snatching of bags, phones and jewelleries, among other things,” Yusuf said.
He noted that since the present administration came on board that the group have not being paid any salary.
“Though we understand that even before the present administration, there were many problems attached to the agency, because about 80 to 90 per cent of them are not productive.
“They were only paid for being unproductive. However, we want government to hasten it so that people can sleep with their eyes closed because the youths are now terrorising the communities,” he said.
Mr Wakaye Markswel, the state Director Youths, confirmed to that the pending salaries was for three months of June, July and August.
“Be as it may, efforts are being intensified, we are discussing at high level, soon, policy statement will come on that regard,” he said.
Edited by Celine-Damilola Oyewole/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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