Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has urged youths to join security services to reduce high rate of unemployment in the state.
Mr 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 compliment government’s efforts at ensuring peace, security and poverty alleviation.
The governor directed local government council chairmen and community leaders to encourage enlisment of youths at the grassroots for the state to have the right number of men and women in the security agencies.
Mr Buni said parents and other Nigerians had the responsibility to also motivate citizens to apply for recruitment in the security agencies.
He said that motivating educated and upright youths to join the military and police, would put the country on the right track to having the number of men and women needed for an efficient security.
“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.
Governor Buni pledged that his government would continue to support and encourage the youths to join security outfits.