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Bauchi Security Outfit, Modeled After Amotekun, To Recruit 2000 Youth

Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi State has said that the state Vigilante and Youth Empowerment Agency will recruit 2000 youth to strengthen the security architecture of the state.
The agency is modelled after Amotekun, a regional security bloc for western Nigeria.
The Governor said this in his inaugural speech shortly after being sworn in for a second tenure.
The governor vowed to consolidate on the already made gains in the area of peace and security thus, making Bauchi the most peaceful state in the northeast.
“It is imperative to point out that achieving the reputation of the safest state in the North-East did not come by accident. It is the product of seamless and rigorous collaboration between the Bauchi State Government (including the state vigilante) and our patriotic and selfless security agencies.
“Despite some man-induced security breaches, we are satisfied that insecurity is not as pervasive as it is in some states,” he said.
Governor Bala said the agency will stabilize the substantially effective security infrastructure already existing at the local government level.
He added, “Let the word go forth from here that while we will always welcome visitors on genuine legitimate missions, we will never allow our land to be taken over by bandits coming from some other states. To put it starkly, what we have achieved we will maintain at all costs.
“I want to assure our traditional rulers, religious and community leaders that they will continue to play their God-given roles as our ‘first line of defence’ as we strive to checkmate the marauders including those involved in illegal logging, sale of charcoal and destruction our traditional forests.”
Meanwhile, the governor the earlier embargo placed on recruitment in the state has been lifted.
 “It is very important to point out that our human capital remains the bedrock of the Administration’s effort at creating a new narrative in governance.
“More fundamentally, though we have done some strategic hiring to fill yawning vacancies in some strategic sectors recently, the Government recognizes the huge burden placed on the existing workforce.
“In order to ensure that the MDAs are appropriately and adequately staffed and that employment opportunities are opened for qualified youth of the state and ultimately recalibrating the civil service for efficient service delivery and sustainable growth, I am delighted to announce that the embargo on employment is hereby lifted,” Bala said.

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